Alone on that Bridge…A simple Act of Kindness

On that bridge…

On that bridge he stood all alone, with two thoughts juggling in his mind, one of an infinite unknown and other of pain and being devoured. ‘Should I’ or ‘should I not’ was all he could think, and then he chose the path to the unknown.

He was the man they said, the man with humour, the man for the people and a great entrepreneur, but on that bridge he stood wishing there was someone to clasp his hands.

Don’t we walk across scores of people everyday who come around our life in one way or the other, and some of whom might be standing on the bridge all alone, thinking is there someone to hold my hands. Yes, there is a whole crowd ready to shake hands, shake hands with their equals, but is there some ready to stretch their hands to the falling and the failing.

Two things I learn, first that, each one needs a confidant. A confidant who will walk with us, hold us, with whom we can share our every care. Confidant is a solid rock on which you can hold in times of trouble. No matter how large the ship is but every ship needs an anchor.

There are three kinds of people you will come across.

One is the confidants. Confidants are the people who love you and they are with you in your ups and downs. They are there for the long haul. You can open up and share anything with them. You don’t make a progression until you find your confidant. Having a good confidant is the key that unlocks the potential that you carry. They will confront you, they might get on your face and challenge you because they are your confidants. They are your enhancers, they find joy in everything you do.

The second group are your constituents. They are not into you they are into what you are for. As long as they are for what you are for they will walk with you and work with you and labor with you. But they are not for you. The moment they find someone else to further their agenda they will leave you and hook up with them. Because they were never for you but for what you were for. They are your constituents. And throughout your life if you are not careful, particularly when you are broken you will mistake your constituents to be your confidants and you will think they are for you while they were never for you.

The third people are your comrades. These people are not for you nor are they for what you are for. It is just that they are against what you are against. They can find strange bed fellows, they will team up with you to fight a greater enemy. Don’t be confused with their association because they will only be with you till their victory is accomplished. These people are like scaffolding. Once their purpose is accomplished the scaffolding is removed.

The second thing I learn is let my hands stretch for someone in need today. You might be their last resort before they walk over to that bridge. Share, care, talk, help – be a blessing. A simple act of caring creates an endless ripple.