In the lockdown, one of our routine excursion is the monthly visit to dentist for my son and we would use the Uber cabs for our visits. Last week when we were to come back, I booked a cab and as soon as we opened the door to ride in, me and my son were amazed to see all the little decorations in the cab. It felt like we booked a Christmas wagon! It was neat, fresh and beautiful. Our driver Ibrahim was a cheerful, happy soul. Once we nicely settled-in and hit the road, Ibrahim talked with my son and me. He offered my son a free gift of the valentine cards of his choice (hanging in the car as part of decoration) that he might like to gift somebody. He even had small envelops to put the cards into. My son was happy and joyful. We spoke, laughed and the journey back home was pleasant.
When we reached back home, my son said, “mom, I really liked our car while coming back home”. And I wondered how within 20 minutes, a total stranger made such a happy impression on my son and left us in high energy of joy, happiness and delight. We may never get to meet Ibrahim, but these 20 minutes are a happy memory and good learning. While I hope and wish for my son to learn from this experience the way to create joy, I learnt that being joyful and loving can be simple and easy. It also made me wonder, what could really stop so many other Uber drivers (specific to this case) to not even hold a conversation. And it applies to all other people and professionals too.
I figured from this experience that Ibrahim wasn’t just creating an experience for me and my son, he was experiencing the joy too. He wasn’t just driving us from one place to other. He was sharing 20 minutes of life with us and he chose to make these 20 minutes full of laughter, warmth and generosity. And I wonder, what made him create this beautiful experience! Where did it come from? Is it that he is passionate about what he does, or is it his compassion? Is it that he also appreciates the ability of being around people in these times?
I don’t know the reason why but what I know is “How you are being shows more of who you are than what you do”. Your work, your life situations and circumstances may be an outcome of your choice or chance. But how you be and operate in the situations is who you are. And this doesn’t depend on chance ever. You always choose who you are being whether consciously or habitually.
And so, here I celebrate meeting a warm hearted, generous, kind and joyful soul in the cold of winter.
Thank you Ibrahim, for being you! May God bless you!