Saturday, 13 May 2017

Friday Inspirations: A Message That Drives Home


My  boss drove a luxury car everyday and it was my duty to greet him and open the gates for him, as I worked as a watchman in his villa. But he never responded back to my greetings.

One day, he saw me opening the garbage bags outside the villa in search of any leftover food. But, as usual he never even looked at me, it was like as if he never saw anything!

The next day I saw a paper bag at the same place, but it was clean and the food inside was covered well. It was fresh and good food like someone had just brought it from the supermarket. I didn't bother as to where it came from, I just took the paper bag and was happy about it. 

Every day I found this paper bag at the same place with fresh vegetables and all that we needed for home. This became my daily routine. I was eating and sharing the food with my wife and kids. I was wondering who this fool could be?! To forget this paper bag full of fresh food every day. 

One day, there was a big problem in the villa and I was told that my boss has died. There were too many guests coming to the villa and I didn't get any food that day, so I thought one of the guests must have taken it. But the same thing happened the 2nd day, the 3rd day and the 4th day. 

It went on like this for a few weeks and I found it difficult to provide food for my family, so I decided to ask the wife of my boss for a raise in my salary or else I will quit my job as a watchman. 

After I told her, she was shocked, and asked me, how come you never complained about your salary in the last 2 years? And why is this salary not enough for you now? I gave her many excuses but she was never convinced. 

Finally in the end, I decided to tell her the truth, I told her the entire story of the bag groceries, and as to how it was my daily provision. She then asked me as to when this stopped? I told her after the death of her husband. And then I realized I stopped seeing the paper bag immediately after the death of my boss. Why didn't I ever think of this before? That it was my boss who was providing this for me? I guess it was because I never thought that a person who never replied to my greetings could be this generous! His wife started to cry and I told her to please stop crying and that I'm really sorry that I asked for a raise, I didn't know that it was your husband who was providing me with the meals, I'll remain as a watchman and be happy to provide my service.

His wife told me, I'm crying because I've found the 7th person my husband was giving this bag full of food. I knew my husband was giving 7 people everyday, I had already found the 6 people, and all these days I was searching for the 7th person. And today I found out. 

From that day onwards, I started to receive the bag full of food again, but this time his son was bringing it to my house and giving it to my hand. But whenever I thanked him, he never replied! Just like his dad!

One day, I told him thank you in a very loud voice! He replied back to me to please not be offended when

he doesn't reply, because he has a hearing problem just like his dad!" 
Oh! We have been wrong so many times judging other's without knowing the full story behind their actions. Be kind and courteous in dealing with others, for everyone is fighting a hard battle. Be careful, not everything is about you. Before you assume, there is this thing called ASKING.

Don't jump to conclusion, because that is truly not an exercise, it may cause more harm at the end of the day. Many of our problems are caused by how we process what happens around us. Don't judge a situation you have never been in. Be humble enough to learn. You do not know it all. Let's change the way we feel about ourselves and others. There are two sides to a story don't believe everything you hear. 

Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.

Be Inspired

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  1. I love this. Thanks for sharing Nma.

  2. Very ​nice piece. Inspiring peice too

  3. waoooooooo!!!
    nice and lovly story
    I learn something from it.

  4. This is amazing,Thank you Chidinma. I will definitely use some of thee information here. Hope i won't be committing an offence.


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