I once had a short, unexpected conversation with an old woman.
As I was walking home from my brother’s house, my phone rang, “Hello, you left your son’s toy in our house.” I decided to go back. As I was reversing the car, an elderly woman looked at me sadly on the side of the road.
A few thoughts crossed my mind, “What should I give her? Would she even take it or would she get insulted?” I picked up the toy and slowly stopped the car next to the old woman. I took one or two trivial things with me.
“Wouldn’t you be upset if I gave you that?” I asked. The old woman was embarrassed. I understood that she was in need. She was shy but in the end, she accepted what I offered her saying: “it is too much”, “you are too kind”, “thank you” etc. She opened her hands in prayer and blessed me. At that moment, I felt so blessed by finding out how lucky I was, how happy I was.
“Be happy wherever you go, reach my age, be the mother of boys and girls, and let your paths be safe.” This is what I remember from her prayers.
Then she asked:
– “Do you know how old I am?”
– “How old are you?”
– “I’m 90 years old, my daughter.”
The toy I’d left behind was not in vain. Nothing in this life is in vain. Every event has a meaning and wisdom behind it.