Yes you read it right. Plural it is.

There are many of them out there who still believe in ‘Doing good’ and helping others, even if they do not see themselves gaining anything from it.

Despite popular belief, Good Samaritans do exist at this day and age. In fact, we do come across so many good Samaritans every day, but we fail to recognize them.

Like, there was this Old man on the bus, travelling with me. I’ve seen him quite often in the same bus,  but haven’t spoken with him. One day, he had forgotten to bring his purse. The conductor, who was also familiar with the Old man, did not know what to do. Just when the Old man was contemplating getting down from the bus to avoid embarrassing the conductor, another regular traveler offered to pay for his ticket and even gave him an extra 500 bucks so that he wouldn’t have to travel empty handed. The old man was overcome with gratitude but refused to accept it. After a few minutes of persuasion, the person who offered the money, told the Old man, that he could very well return the money the next day. Having heard that, the Old man was happy and he accepted the money with the promise of returning it the very next day. There you go, I saw a Good Samaritan that day.

Another day, I was with this friend of mine, who is extremely sensitive and emotional. We were walking to the cafeteria for lunch when we overheard a conversation between two housekeeping staff. We did not know what exactly was going on, but we could make out that there was a problem in one of the person’s home , as a result of which she hadn’t eaten breakfast and was left with no other option than starving for lunch as well. The other person who was listening offered to share with her the little food she had, but the first person refused and asked her to carry on. My friend saw this, went up to the lady and without uttering a word, just handed over her lunch bag and asked her to eat. The housekeeping staff refused to tried to return the lunch bag, but my friend would hear nothing about it. She took my hand and we both walked away from the corridor. I turned back to see tears of gratitude from her. I saw a Good Samaritan in my friend, that day.

This is just to point out two among the numerous other incidents that I come across, almost on a daily basis. I am neither qualified nor experienced enough to explain that wonderful feeling that takes place when one witnesses such acts of kindness from random strangers, to random strangers. People who seem to appear from heaven, just to make a difference in the lives of others, in a small way, yet impacting the other in a big way. Just witnessing all this, makes me feel happy and content and inspires me to follow their lead, when faced with a similar situation. The heavy heart seems to become lighter and the congested soul seems to breathe a lot easier, on seeing such people.

People say that there is nothing more than the joy of making your beloved ones smile. I beg to disagree. If there is something much more than that, it is to make a random person smile. For all you know, you might be the reason they’re smiling for the first time in many days.

God bless those humanitarians.