As I was waiting for my bus to come a very sweet & kind elderly lady stood next to me and we began chatting.
She had missed her bus by 5 minutes so rather than wait another hour she decided to catch the one I was on.. I could tell she just wanted a friend to speak too so I stood and listened to her story.
I learned that 2 years ago, she had a severe stroke which had clearly effected her left side, she usually has someone with her to accompany her on her journeys But she didn’t have anyone today. I could tell she was a little shaken up by the sweat on her forehead and by the way she spoke.. so I asked her if she felt OK?
I learned that as she was trying to get to her tram in time so she could catch the earlier bus she was walking down the street & someone bumped into her quite abruptly..because of this, she needed to sit down and compose herself as she was extremely distraught by this person. This person was the the reason she missed her normal bus home which left her confused and uncomfortable. The sad part is that this person didn’t even apologise to her or take the time to make sure that she was OK before he ran off..
I stood and listened to this woman for about 20 minutes and then accompanied her onto the bus offering to help her carry her shopping then ensured she would be OK before I hugged her and we parted ways..
Moral of the story here is this; don’t be so consumed by your busy life that you don’t respect and care for those around you!!! It costs NOTHING to be kind & a simple two minutes taken out of your day to help someone can be the difference between them making it home safely versus them lost and confused about where to go..
We NEED to respect and be kind to all of those around us, ESPECIALLY our elders.. they need our love more than we realise.
❤ 🌎 💭