Some people take life too seriously. So much that they have forgotten how to smile at the little things. Too much to think about that a cute baby smiles at you in bus or taxi and your first instinct is to look away. Why, you are too bothered to afford a smile.
I saw a cute baby yesterday and her smile melted my heart. Obviously, she doesn’t have much to worry about compared to me; enough breastmilk and comfortable clothes are all she needs to keep her cheerful. I’m sure none of us remember how we felt as babies; not being able to communicate our discomforts to our parents any clearer than just wailing and watching on helplessly as our mothers assume wrongly about what could be wrong with us. But despite of that inconvenience, the baby finds a reason to smile. And so should we.
Time is of the essence in this era more than ever but taking a breather once in a while doesn’t make one unserious. I was seated in a taxi waiting for it be fully occupied when the last person joined. The second he closed the door, he demanded where the driver was. The driver unknown to him that his cab was full, was chatting with a colleague. This last passenger began to rant about how unserious he was instead of paying attention to his job. No one else commented and after a minute, he decided to keep quiet. Although the driver didn’t react to his rant, it was obvious he was offended by the passenger’s choice of words. He tried to redeem himself by commenting on an issue being discussed on radio at the time but it was met with nonchalant silence each time. He finally caught the drift and fell silent.
We might be in a rush to arrive somewhere or get something done and any kind of hold up would cause us to flare up. Life is tough as it is. The one you may be getting frustrated at might already be having a bad day. A harsh comment would just make him or her feel worse. Sometimes, we need to excuse others for their deficient attitudes and see the lighter side of things. Don’t be in a rush to criticize someone, especially one you’re meeting for the first time. The after feeling of guilt in such instances is totally avertible.
The baby whose smile was repaid with a turned face felt confused. I am sure she was wondering what she did wrong. I wish I could tell her it wasn’t her fault. His mind was wandering far away from his immediate location. I wish I could tell her not to lose her smile no matter how hard life got growing up. Because sometimes, that smile is what keeps us from going insane with the many burdens life gives us.
When I smiled at her, she instantly recovered from her confusion and smiled back. For a moment, I forgot the trail of thoughts weighing me down and just let go. It was therapeutic. Let’s learn to laugh at the jokes that play out during the day from time to time. Staying lighthearted once in a while keeps the soul light weighted.
Have a good day, folks!
© Josephine Amoako 2016