Smallest act of caring

It was a bitter, cold evening. The old man’s beard was glazed by winter’s frost while he waited for a ride across the river. The wait seemed endless. His body became numb and stiff from the frigid north wind. He heard the faint, steady rhythm of approaching hooves galloping along the frozen path.

Anxiously, he watched as several horsemen rounded the bend. He let the first one pass by without an effort to get his attention. Then another passed by… and another. Finally, the last rider neared the spot where the old man sat like a snow statue.

As this one drew near, the old man caught the rider’s eye and said, “Sir, would you mind giving an old man a ride to the other side? There doesn’t appear to be a passageway by foot.

Reining his horse, the rider replied, “Sure thing. Hop aboard.

Seeing the old man was unable to lift his half-frozen body from the ground, the horseman dismounted and helped the old man onto the horse. The horseman took the old man not just across the river, but to his destination, which was just a few miles away.

As they neared the tiny but cozy cottage, the horseman’s curiosity caused him to inquire, “Sir, I notice that you let several other riders pass by without making an effort to secure a ride. Then I came up and you immediately asked me for a ride. I’m curious why, on such a bitter winter night; you would wait and ask the last rider. What if I had refused and left you there?

The old man lowered himself slowly down from the horse, looked the rider straight in the eyes, and replied, “I’ve been around here for some time. I reckon I know people pretty good.

The old-timer continued, “I looked into the eyes of the other riders and immediately saw there was no concern for my situation. It would have been useless even to ask them for a ride. But when I looked into your eyes, kindness and compassion were evident. I knew, then and there, that your gentle spirit would welcome the opportunity to give me assistance in my time of need.”

Those heartwarming comments touched the horseman deeply.

I’m most grateful for what you have said,” he told the old man. “May I never get too busy in my own affairs that I fail to respond to the needs of others with kindness and compassion.

Ya God, Make me among those about whom the Noble Qur’an has said: “And they give them preference over their own selves even though they are in need“. (Hashr 59:9)

Moral: Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.



Ya Allah, may I never get too busy. And may I have strongest heart to taking care people around me.



2 Responses

  1. satu kisah yang menarik
    video pun penuh dengan nasihat walaupun video pendek….
    kadang2 kita terlalu mementingkan diri sehingga lupa pada orang lain

  2. Mmmm..kadang-kadang apabila kita berada di kalangan orang yang sama pemikiran dan nilai dengan diri, mudah kita nak beri kebaikkan..

    Akak sendiri pernah menghadapi bila kita caring dikatakan kita menyibuk..
    Akak pun fikirla balik salahkah kalau akak tanya “sekolah macam mana”, “dan makan ke belom” “Pesan jaga diri dan belajar rajin2”.Mebyibuk sangat ke?

    Kawan akak pla cakap sekarang ni bg je duit orang ingat..kalau takat2 care ni orang tak ingat punya,,haiiiihh

    teringat satu ilmu yang dipesan…dalam apa jua yang kita lakukan jangan lupa perkataan tolong dan terima kasih…

    Tapi melalui liku2 hidup dikalangan orang yang sekular, benda ni semua tak masuk akal bg mereka…Hmmmm 😦

    dulu akak tak kisah nak tumpang kan sesapa. Tapi bila akak termomok dengan kejahatan dunia, akak fikir dua kali untuk tumpangkan orng..akak lebih concern pada yang tua, ibu2 dengan anak dan perempuan. Tapi yang meneydihkan kereta sempit dan penuh dengan car seat. selalu tak dapat tumpangkan. Kadang2 terpaksa minta orang tu tunggu sebelum hantar sebab nak balik bukak carseat.

    Mofas bayangkan 2 carseat kat belakang viva akak yang sempit itew..:)

    kelakarnya sebab sudah jarang tradisi menumpangkan nih, ada satu student ketawa2 bila cakap terima kasih sebab tumpangkan dia. dia sendiri janggal dan rasa lucu sebab susah nak jumpa orng tumpangkan org tak dikenali..

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