Gratitude, The BeAttitude of The Right Attitude.

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was “Thank You” that would suffice.

—Meister Eckhart

So, there was this e-hailing driver that was narrating his experience recently.

Here goes.

I picked up this girl from UniLag to Awolowo road, Ikoyi.

Unfortunately, she forgot her brand new (still sealed) smartphone on the back seat of my car. Thankfully I was able to notice the forgotten item before I got another request, otherwise that would have been the end of that phone.

I gave the lady a call to inform her about it, and she asked me to bring it down to Lekki ..that she has left Awolowo Road. She said I should not worry about my transportation costs, as she would refund me.

Turned out to be an Empty Promise.

She sent me the Lekki address to bring the forgotten phone to.

I requested myself on Bolt to the same address, so that I can easily show her the fare. My thinking was that my trip down to Lekki will just be treated as a normal ride

Getting to the address, I ended the trip and showed her the fare, which was ₦ 1,100. An intense argument erupted with her claiming that the amount is too much since bringing the phone to her does not constitute a normal ride.

After lots of alternations, she finally gave me ₦ 500. Now, I had paid ₦ 300 at Ikoyi toll, which means, she only paid ₦200 for my stress, card to call her and fuel to drive down.

Even after handing the brand new phone over to her, there was no common “thank you” from her. .

I felt truly cheated but there was nothing I could do.

Listening to stories like this, and knowing that such attitude is quite rampant, one may not be enthused to go the extra mile to extend help where needed. This driver could have simply gone away with the phone (it is brand new- still packaged) or he could have decided to drop the phone somewhere convenient and tell the girl to go pick it up there, or she could have told the girl to come over to anywhere he decides and collect her phone.. without bothering to stress himself in anyway.

But he chose to be a good citizen by extending himself and got awarded negatively

However for every good a man does, even if is not rewarded by the person the good was extended to, it would be reciprocated somewhere, by somebody else, someday.

This is the Immutable Law Of Karma.

So, let us keep doing good, anyway.

Like Mother Theresa said,

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyways.

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