This is in continuation to my earlier post on the same topic, which can be found here. I believe I have been deeply impacted by the above saying and I try and follow this as much as I can. The meaning of the saying is simple – help someone who is facing a problem today and tomorrow, may be someone will help you when you are facing a problem. I believe that if we each one of us follows this, world could be a better place to live in. About couple of months ago while I was returning from work, I saw a stranded police officer along with a couple of luggage bags on the GB road asking for a lift to Mira Rd police station. It was around 3:30am in the morning and at this time public transport on this road is very rarely available. I was in two minds when I saw the cop asking for a ride. I was wondering is he really a cop or is he some thief who is disguised as a cop and looking to fleece people. Considering the time of the night and bags on the road, I was kind of leaning more towards the former – i.e. a cop looking for a ride. There was only one way to find out. So I stopped the car and asked him to get in.
Once inside, he thanked me profusely and told me he was waiting for more than 30 mins until I offered him a ride. He told me he was travelling from Nasik and had been transferred to Mira Rd. We started chatting and I realized that he is also just a normal person like the rest of us and who happens to work in a very stressful environment. We keep cursing them, getting angry at the law and order situation etc. But at the end of the day, he is just as human as we are. It was a good 20-25 min discussion, where we discussed about our families. He told me about his kids who are studying and how it was difficult for him to make ends meet. I wanted to ask him, if he takes bribes etc. but then decided to keep my mouth shut. The best part of travelling with him was that I didnt have to pay any toll fees :). We reached his destination and once again he thanked me and told me he is going to be posted in Mira Rd for a couple of years. I wished him all the best and continued onward to home.
A few weeks after that incident, I had trouble with my bike and was helped out by a stranger in the middle of the night equating the karma. The above incidents have kind of reinforced my belief in Today you.. Tomorrow me.