It happened last Saturday right after work as I was heading back to my car which I parked near to the exit. I saw one man around forty to fifty standing a few meters away from my car, looking furious while holding a chair in his hand. At first, I thought he just wanted to sit there, but nope, he didn’t even sit on the chair and didn’t even move an inch.
When I walk closer to my car and looked at him, he gazed right back at me, again, looking furious. But this time he seems like waiting for something. I don’t know why it bothered me so much that I can’t help wondering what he’s up to. While I was in my car, he kept looking at me like I did something wrong. And, to be honest, it terrified me. So I thought, I need to start moving rather than keep exchanging gaze with him. Or else, he might scream at me for staying there too long.
As I reversed my car, suddenly a big truck came into the car park. It was the truck that comes every day and sends items to the store next to my workplace. When I looked back to the man one more time, he was waving his hand to the truck driver and finally I figured out, he was actually waiting for the truck, and the chair placed there to reserve the parking spot. That’s why he was so focused to stand while waiting.
Since the exit only fits one car, I need to drive away before the truck can come in. The man suddenly stood behind my car with a big smile on his face and helped me to check whether there are cars behind me. After a while, he lifted up his hand and guide my way. When I almost near the exit, I waved him goodbye and again he put up a big smile on his face, so I smile back at him.
It surprised me to see his smile when previously he looked like a person that might scream at my face. I felt the simple smile filled with care and full of honesty.
I may not know this man, and it’s the first time I ever see him. The stranger that never once known. But one thing I realize, how bad I was to judge him only from looking at his sterned expression.
The truth is, we always judge a person by how they look, expression, or everything else. But an expression doesn’t mean the real them, and not their exact feeling either. In fact, one single expression can mean different meanings.
Maybe they are having a good day but decided not to show them.
Maybe they are having a sad day but decided to hide it away.
There are two lessons I’ve learned from that day,
One: Never judge one person by how they present themselves. Not clothes, expression, or their overall presentation.
Two: A smile can really make someone’s day better.
I wasn’t having the best day, yet I never thought a stranger can make my day with just a simple smile.
So I’m sure you have made someone’s day with your smile too. Your smile might be the reason for someone’s smile. Even though it’s a simple gesture, but it’s an act of kindness to others.
His smile had made my day.