My sister is currently working on a late shift. Her schedule is from noon up to late at night. My mom and I planned to alternately go to the office before my sister’s shift ends so we could accompany her on her travel home. One day, when it was my turn to go to my sister’s office, something happened while I was waiting and it gave me some enlightenment of some sort and a somewhat new perspective in life.
That night, I came a few minutes before my sister’s shift ended and I just sat in the lobby. My sister went out and told me that they’re going to be running a little late due to some piled up work that all of them have to finish before they could go home. She said that it may take and hour and a half or so before she could finish so I decided to just stay outside and sit by the entrance and just chill out with the employees and some of the people who were waiting as well.
We actually ran out of things to talk about and we just sat back and relaxed in the cool breeze of the midnight wind. Then, I saw something that night. A man approached us and the guards know him apparently. He was a garbage collector and he frequently visits the office so that he could get their trash before anyone else.
I was there and I helped him together with the guards to look for plastic and metal/aluminum stuff so that he could sell it to the junk shop. True enough, we found lots of cans of paint and cans from food. He also found lots of plastic stuff and cartons that he could sell. I can see something different in his eyes. I asked my self, is he happy? He seems contented with what he got. He’ll probably be able to sell those for a meal for his family.
It was an idle moment because I still had around 45 minutes more to wait. So a lot of things came into my mind. First and foremost, I suddenly felt that I’m more content with what I already have. I felt happier. But then, I also thought of those who are like him who has to sift through garbage just to be able to have something to eat. Why do they have to go through that? Well, the least I could do is help.
Now, I also thought of those people (who can afford) around the world who complains about the world economic situation. Some probably would complain that they can’t bring their car more often or they couldn’t buy from Starbucks anymore or can’t eat at their favorite restaurant more often than before. Well, I can’t blame them as well since they are used to that way of life. But there are those who can’t even buy a burger.
In any case, that experience strengthened my principle to always give thanks with what I have. It’s good that I have something instead of nothing. Well, just sharing a bit of my experience. Take care.