By A. Surekha Rao
I thought I must share this exqusite experience I had this morning while returning from my morning walk, I came across this little girl standing by a flower plant outside what could have been her house. She might not have been more than four mind you.
Like I usually do when I see little kids, I tried to catch her eye and smile and say hello. Guess what ? This benevolent little girl beat me to it! Even before I could smile nd say hello...this little girl plucked a magenta flower,reached out with her tiny hand and gave me the flower with a most beautiful and radiant smile on her face.
I was not expecting something this exquisite to happen to me so i took an extra split second to take in the situation. My heart just melted at this exquisite gesture this little girl made to me. I took the flower with my eyes almost misting and hugged the sweetest little girl in the whole world. I was amazed at her incredible generosity of spirit at age four !!! I instantly fell in love with her.
This incident whose fragrance will not leave me till I die made me think...
What made a little girl reach out and give a flower to a veritable stranger?
Is it due to an innate fearlessness born out of innate love and trust ?
I am known amongst my friends as a very very freindly person but the sweet little flower girl made me realie that I am freindly only with firends or acquaintances!
I am wary of strangers and very suspicious of approaching strangers.
I wondered ....have we forgotten to trust? have we forgotten to reach out and be nice? have we forgetten to make a sweet gesture without expecting anything in return? have we forgotten to smile or be nice to strangers because we fear the consequences which are largely imaginary in nature? would the world be a better place if we exchanged smiles with strangers?
The sweetest little magenta flower girl taught me that if we make a sincere and a sweet gesture out of complete trust and generosity of spirit, then our gesture might almost always be reciprocated.