Maya sits in the airport gate after finishing her second Coffee. The flight is delayed by 2 hours. She feels there won’t be many passengers for this gate as the waiting passengers are quite less. There is a guy sitting next to next of her seat. At the end of the row, an old beard man is reading a newspaper.
She moves her eyes here and there observing things while passing the time.
She sees a guy beside her is bending down and trying to tie the knot of shoelace often. As she observes more clearly, she realizes he has only one hand. He is unable to tie the knot with one hand.
Maya moves bit forward thinking to help him out. But, she sits back with the thought of maybe the guy won’t accept her help. She understands that he must be knowing how to tie the knot with one hand but right now he is unable to do it. She is aware that not everyone likes to get help. Some may interpret it as sympathy. She waits for a minute.
She takes out a plucker from her bag which is kept on the next seat.
Maya: Excuse me!
Maya: Please do not take me in the wrong way but this plucker can be useful. (She tries to handover the plucker)
Aruj does not accept it.
Aruj: I did not get you. What do you mean?
Maya: I had been watching, you trying to tie the knot. I would have helped you out but you may not like it. So, here is a plucker. You can just hold the lace and put them inside the shoes from beside.
Aruj: hahaaa.. why would I put it inside? Shoelaces are supposed to be a knot. Yes, I can walk on these shoes without the knot but it would look clumsy.
Maya: Well, it won’t. You don’t have to follow the standard shoelace knot pattern.
Aruj: But, everyone follows the same.
Maya: You don’t have to be like everyone. We don’t have to fit into something that is already standardized. We can be just the way we are comfortable in.
Aruj smiles and takes the plucker.
He uses it to put the lace inside the shoes and gives the plucker back to her.
Maya: You can keep it with you. See, it’s so simple. Why make it complicated right?
Both of them giggle.
When Aruj meets Maya, life becomes much simpler.
Things To Remember:
# Not all people like to take help so always ask politely.
# Preferably, give them something to do it by themselves.
# No one needs to depend on someone for the manageable things unless it is necessary.
Sense of Humor