Saturday, July 14, 2012

A sweet lesson on patience

I found this story on facebook and it brought tears to my eyes and really made me think before i go more into my thoughts of it and the lesson I was reminded of by it let me first share it with you.
A sweet lesson on patience.

A NYC Taxi driver wrote:

I arrived at the address and honked the horn. After waiting a few minutes I honked again. Since this was going to be my last ride of my shift I thought about just driving away, but instead I put the car in park and walked up to the door and knocked.. 'Just a minute', answered a frail, elderly voice. I could hear something being dragged across... the floor.

After a long pause, the door opened. A small woman in her 90's stood before me. She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned on it, like somebody out of a 1940's movie.

By her side was a small nylon suitcase. The apartment looked as if no one had lived in it for years. All the furniture was covered with sheets.

There were no clocks on the walls, no knickknacks or utensils on the counters. In the corner was a cardboard
box filled with photos and glassware.

'Would you carry my bag out to the car?' she said. I took the suitcase to the cab, then returned to assist the woman.

She took my arm and we walked slowly toward the curb.

She kept thanking me for my kindness. 'It's nothing', I told her.. 'I just try to treat my passengers the way I would want my mother to be treated.'

'Oh, you're such a good boy, she said. When we got in the cab, she gave me an address and then asked, 'Could you drive
through downtown?'

'It's not the shortest way,' I answered quickly..

'Oh, I don't mind,' she said. 'I'm in no hurry. I'm on my way to a hospice.

I looked in the rear-view mirror. Her eyes were glistening. 'I don't have any family left,' she continued in a soft voice..'The doctor says I don't have very long.' I quietly reached over and shut off the meter.

'What route would you like me to take?' I asked.

For the next two hours, we drove through the city. She showed me the building where she had once worked as an elevator operator.

We drove through the neighborhood where she and her husband had lived when they were newlyweds She had me pull up in front of a furniture warehouse that had once been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a girl.

Sometimes she'd ask me to slow in front of a particular building or corner and would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing.

As the first hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she suddenly said, 'I'm tired.Let's go now'.
We drove in silence to the address she had given me. It was a low building, like a small convalescent home, with a driveway that passed under a portico.

Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we pulled up. They were solicitous and intent, watching her every move.
They must have been expecting her.

I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to the door. The woman was already seated in a wheelchair.

'How much do I owe you?' She asked, reaching into her purse.

'Nothing,' I said

'You have to make a living,' she answered.

'There are other passengers,' I responded.

Almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug.She held onto me tightly.

'You gave an old woman a little moment of joy,' she said. 'Thank you.'

I squeezed her hand, and then walked into the dim morning light.. Behind me, a door shut.It was the sound of the closing of a life..

I didn't pick up any more passengers that shift. I drove aimlessly lost in thought. For the rest of that day,I could hardly talk.What if that woman had gotten an angry driver,or one who was impatient to end his shift? What if I had refused to take the run, or had honked once, then driven away?

On a quick review, I don't think that I have done anything more important in my life.

We're conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments.

But great moments often catch us unaware-beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one.
So what did you think? Pretty awsome huh? Its pretty incredible to think that just taking a few hours of your life or even a few minutes can have such an impact on someone else. It would have been easy for this taxi driver to want to rush home and have dinner with his family or simply relax after a hard days work. But he put this women's needs and wants ahead of his own and wow what a payoff.
How often do we go through life, ignoring all the people who need us simply because we just don't have time or don't wanna be bothered. We do it so often we don't even realize we do it. Maybe we see someone struggling to carry groceries but we have some where else to be so we pass it off saying they will manage. Or we know that the old lady across the street is lonely but we have our own lives to attend to, she will be okay since its convient for us if we just reassure ourselves she will be okay. Or we think surly i am not the only one who sees them and know they need help maybe someone else will help them. right? Sure we try to help but we are not perfect and lets all admit we let these moments that can really change someone's life or even just bring a smile to someone's face slip by us all the time.
As Christians we go to church and say how God saves and is great and loves us all and wants us to love which please don't get me wrong is very true and very important but how often do we supplement our preaching and witnessing with action. With actually living and doing what we are called to do.
We often use the excuse that if the moment came we would do good. The truth is that there are never ending moments sometimes we just have to look past our own wants and comforts and seek out those moments to become true sevants of the lord and to our fellow brothers and sisters.

Sorry if this post seemed kinda a bit all over the place. Just take time for one another and you will get just as much out of it as them. Do as God has called us to do. Thank you for reading hope you enjoyed

Love one another as God has loved you. God bless

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