Two days ago I was driving on a main road going 40mph when I saw a pheasant cross the country road. Instantly, without thinking, I braked whilst intently watching the pheasant cross the road. When the pheasant made it across the road I noticed that my whole being relaxed – my body relaxed, my breathing eased and the whole of me smiled.
Later that day I went to see my solicitor. When I left his office it was raining and the rain got harder as I walked to the car park. Whilst I was walking to my car I noticed a couple of people who were arriving in the car park. So I opened my car, retrieved the ticket – as it had several hours of parking left – and walked over to man who had just got out of his car and offered him the ticket. He accepted the ticket, said nothing, looked puzzled. As he accepted the ticket I felt happy – I had stepped out of my self centred world and did something for someone else.
This one act of kindness lifted my spirits. What did it cost me? If I had been selfish I would have paid 60p for the car park ticket. Instead I had chosen to contribute to a fellow human being and so had paid for a £1.20 ticket knowing that I did not need car parking for several hours. So it cost me 60p to lift my spirits – to put a smile on my face and to create a kinder world for an instant. A bargain.
When I examine these two incidents and some of the other incidents that make me proud of myself I get that my true nature is one of loving kindness towards life. Whilst this is so it is not obvious that it is so – not to myself and not to others. Why? Because the mirror gets covered with the dust of every day living until it is no longer possible to see the mirror – only the hardened dirt is evident.
How many of my fellow human beings are in the same boat as me? I choose to believe that the true nature of almost all of my fellow human beings is loving kindness. And when they are not exhibiting it, it is only because they are trapped in the daily life of surviving and fixing. Just like me.