I saw this young man at work today. He was pulled over at the security point because he was wearing a Tshirt that had an offensive word printed on the front of it. The security officer angrily asked to take the shirt off and turn it inside out so that the word couldn’t be seen. Calmly and happily he did as he was told and then moved on through the security point.
It has been my experience that most people are grumpy and snappy when you ask them to do something like that, and they waste no time in telling you how ridiculous it is, this security nonsense at airports.
He came over to me and told me about his shocker of a day. He had just lost his job, he had no money and someone had stolen his passport. But he was still smiling.
You would think that after a day like he had, he would have been angry and argumentative to the security officer that had asked him to remove his shirt.
I wondered why he was so different. I took a good look at him. He had one of those faces that you wanted to look at. It was beautiful. Not aesthetically so much, it was more that it shone with an inner peace.
He just looked happy. His happiness and calm was infectious. He looked like he felt that he was the luckiest man in the world.
As he told me about his day, I realized he was just chatting. He wasn’t looking for sympathy or anyone to help him or do anything in particular. I asked him what his next move was and he said he was heading off to Melbourne to pick grapes.
People like this are needed in this world. They are givers just by their very presence. My day felt somehow better because I met that particular man. I know the security officer that had reprimanded him was somehow changed as well. He came over to me later and mentioned that he felt bad speaking to him so sternly. What an amazing young man, he said. He had only spent maybe 5 seconds in his company, yet somehow the man had shifted him, just a tiny bit. Made him question his own reasons for taking his anger out on him.
I not only think we need more people like him, I want to be like him myself. Shine with an inner peace and happiness. Thats my goal for today!