What I love most about life is listening to people’s stories. It seems to become a pattern in my life to meet people in the most random places, at random times, each time with the exact message I need to hear. And most of the times it happens when I use public transport.
And so it happened on a bus in Geneva, on my way home from my office, as I had been teaching a healing course all weekend. I sat right behind the driver and next to me an elderly lady takes her place. After a few seconds she tells me to tell her when I need to get off, as she sometimes starts day dreaming inside the bus when she appreciates the beautiful sights in Geneva by gazing outside of the window. She warmly smiled at me.
I had been playing and messaging with my mobile as you do when sit on a bus, and immediately stored it away. I knew this would be a very interesting bus ride. I smiled back at her and agreed that there are many beautiful sights in Geneva. She was raving about the flower clock at the Jardin Anglais: One of the major touristic attractions. She continued telling me where else they had planted beautiful flowers and their colours. She told me she was originally from Bern, so we started speaking in German.
This Lady is 75 years old and more active than many other younger people (including me). Every day she goes to visit friends and family, she loves drawing beautiful postcards and was very proud that she is actually selling quite a lot of these cards. She helps students studying medicine with their assignments and sometimes takes tourists around to the beautiful sights. She also spends as much time as she can in nature and on the mountains.
She grew up in a big family with 8 siblings to loving parents and had been a nurse for most of her life. She was so proud of what she did and told me the few stories where she saved people’s lives and how grateful they had been, to which she would always reply: “Don’t thank me – Thank God, I’m just carrying out God’s will”. And it brought me exactly to what I always teach my Reiki students: It’s not us doing the healing; we are merely a channel, helping the client to self-heal. But whether someone heals or not, it’s not up to us. It’s up to the client and to another Divine Force.
I was fascinated by this woman. 75 years old, so happy to be alive, so full of life and energy, and above all, so full of love and wisdom.
I asked her whether she has kids and she said no and that she had been asked 5! times to get married which she always refused. She wanted to give 150% to her patients and her job. This devotion deeply impressed me as it’s one of the major questions I’m having about my own life: “Is it really important to get married? Of course everyone grows up dreaming about the perfect wedding, the perfect husband, the perfect kids and family, but I have to admit: my life for now is just perfect as it is – with a loving partner that showers me with love every day. I don’t feel a wedding certificate could ever change or intensify this feeling.
She looked at me from the side smilingly, knowing nothing about me other than that I’m half German and said: “I can see you love your job too”.
And she continued: “The only important thing in life is love, everything else doesn’t matter. Only love will always be remembered. Love and forgiveness”. Again, something that I keep teaching my Reiki and meditation students with various forgiveness exercises and removal of “heart walls”.
Finally she said: “no money in this world can make you happy when you don’t feel the love and forgiveness in your heart”. I told her she must be a little angel here on earth but of course she was far too humble to accept this. She then had to get out of the bus. The minute she left something strange happened. My heart extended and I had tears of joy running down my cheeks.
So many times I had asked myself the question whether I could be happy being a humble healer and teacher, after all I had been earning so much money in the business world before. And the definite answer I felt in my heart at that exact moment was: “Yes, I am happy, happier than before when I had all the money in the world”.
So, everyone out there reading this little blog entry: “What makes you truly happy? What do you love doing, what are your dreams? Have you told all your loved ones how much you love them and have you forgiven those who might have wronged you? What are you waiting for? Open your hearts and let the love flood freely through your heart and body. Don’t ever be scared to open up and show emotions. I wish you could all have met this Lady today. For sure she brought a lot of love inside of me to the surface and I will end this blog now and prepare a cup of chai with a warm heart on a cold Sunday afternoon, while remembering the text lyrics “What if God was one of us, just a stranger in the bus” by Sherryl Crow…, and hoping that one day I will be a wise, old Lady with so much love to share and being proud of what I did with my life.
If you ever met strangers somewhere who had an inspiring story, who had a message for you, something you needed to hear, please do share with me. :-)
Read my other blog entries:
The little fish and the seahorse
The Happiness Wave
Hicham, the touristic train driver in Geneva
Be like a butterfly
The art of inviting more Magic into your life
Lessons to be learned by a tree
A true, inspirational story about little angels
Losing a lost one
The truth about smiles
How to have a healthy body, mind and spirit
How to develop your Spirituality
How to open your heart
The power of a smile
5 tips for new year's reolutions for a happier 2012
Christmas is for love
The Art of being grateful
The battle between the 2 wolves we have within ourselves
The wonderful power of unconditional love
A beautiful fable about love