He smiled and asked me to stop for a minute or two. When I asked him the reason. He replied teasingly, “Janaab! I have just cleaned the floor and if you are going to make it dirty, I will make sure that you will clean it.” I smiled and said, “Sirji! It’s okay. If you want me to do so, I will.” He replied with laughter, “No! Janaab, you don’t have to do this. This is not for you. But can you wait for a minute. It will take hardly a minute to dry.” And I nodded in approval.
In evening, when I was waiting for Delhi Metro Violet line train at Central Secretariat, someone tapped my back and asked me, “Aur Janaab! How was your day?” I recognized the voice, and when I turned back, it was him. The Janaab guy. He is of average Indian height and decent features. I greeted him and replied, “I’m fine brother and how are you? He replied, “I am also fine, Brother.” After learning about each other’s destinations, we were engaged in a long conversation about life, work and killing spree for seats in Violet line at Central Secretariat until his station did not arrive. There is one thing I have noticed, in the whole conversation, there was a constant bright smile on his face and zeal in his attitude. It might be because of our first meeting.
In a few days, we became good friends. We used to wait for each other, and then go for kill for the seats in Violet Metro, together. And then as usual we get engaged in our daily conversation. He told me very bit about him. How his parents died when he was only eleven, and how his grandmother gone through all hardship to raise him and his sister, and now he is working in my office to help his grandmother, and to save some respectable amount for his sister’s education and marriage. He is also pursuing bachelor degree from Delhi University’s SOL.
One evening, when I was usually waiting for him at Central Secretariat Metro Station and it got pretty late. He was still smiling and apologised for the same. I asked him in pretty rude manner, “how can you smile?” He replied, “I Smile Because I Can.” I shoot back, “what that means?” He replies, “Because smiling gives me the power. The power to beat the odds. I smile because one day I will defy the odds.” At Nehru Place before his station, I apologised. And he said in teasing manner, “It’s okay. Blame it on the weather.”
Though the simple reply shook me from my inner core. Because, we usually kneel down to our circumstances and accept them as our own destiny. In reality, the answer lies in challenging the circumstances with a sweet bright smile.
We are born with a quality to fight against the hardship in our lives with bring it on attitude. Nevertheless, we have forgot this thing over period of time. You can see this in a child who is just learning to walk, whenever he falls, he tries to gets up and tries walk again. With his strong desire to walk and after many falls, he learns to walk on his two legs. Meanwhile, whenever he falls for a minute or two, he cries but he smiles every time when he gets up. And that’s how he win.
Smile creates a sort of powerhouse in your heart, which provides energy to live life, and take on the hardship and all bestiality. So Smile! Because You Can.