— Samuel Taylor Coleridge
I have never been a fan of extravagance. I’m all for “it’s the thought that counts” and seeing value in the small and simple gestures that turn one’s day around or make one smile. I think that little gestures mean a lot more to people than anyone but the person on the receiving end of the gesture, will ever know or realize.
Today was the first official day of study break (I say ‘official’ because personally, my study break started about a week ago). For some weird reason I was feeling really content with life and stuff, so I decided I was going to surprise my dad at his work. I went to the BP garage closest to my house and bought him a doughnut with chocolate sauce and a can of Minute Maid (his favourite juice). Then I headed out to that chaotic, disorderly place which goes by the name of “town” (which is 3rd on my top 5 list of places I hate the most, by the way). After spending 30mins circling the same block in search of a parking space, a car guard helped me park in a space that wasn’t really a parking space. When I arrived at the reception of the offices where my dad works, his phone was off. One of his colleagues came to my rescue though, me and ushered me to his office. My dad was in a meeting, so I sat in his chair for quite some time waiting for him to finish. After a while I heard his voice come closer and closer towards me and when he turned the corner I said “surprise!” The look on his face was absolutely priceless and sooo worth all the time it took to get to that point! We then had lunch in the cafeteria with a few of his colleagues.
As I was walking to my car I couldn’t help thinking about how hot it was. I thought about the car guard and how I could help him continue with his day seeing as he helped me squeeze into that “parking space”, but I didn’t want to give him a thoughtless donation, so I popped into one of the random shops along the way and bought a Coke for him. The smile that lit up his face when I gave it to him is one I will remember forever!
After simply and successfully improving the days of someone I care about and of a complete stranger, I couldn’t help but be on a natural high the rest of the day. I could not stop smiling!
I think that it’s important to remember the little things that people have done for you to make your life easier and/or more pleasant, and to try and pay that forward to others. Never allow people to take you for granted or take advantage of your generosity though, but just show a little compassion towards other people. A little truly does go a long way…
|The Whatsapp message my dad sent me after I visited him|
… and so does a “thank you” 🙂