IMAGINE THE WORLD WITHOUT A SMILE!

An 84 year young at heart, Australian man, Don Ritchie was in the news off recent for saving lives of many a people contemplating suicide from a steep cliff known as ³the Cliff´ at the entrance to Sydney harbor. Don Ritchie lives across the street from the most famous suicide spot in Australia: A cliff known as "The Gap." Most people would move, but Ritchie's stayed for almost 50 years²saving an estimated 160 people from suicide, but he says he never counts how many people he has saved. A simple man who retired as a life insurance salesman, saving lives of many with a simple smile. A lot of us would wonder«.. with a smile? Well it was all a smile. When asked his big secret behind being a savior he simply replies he just gives them a warm smile, asks if they'd like to talk and invites them back to his house for tea. Sometimes, they join him. He further says "I'm offering them an alternative, really," Ritchie says. "I always act in a friendly manner. I smile." What touched me most was a confession of a 19 year young man who committed suicide. The young man who survives the suicide which left his handicapped for life later says, that he was so upset, desperate and bitter, pacing up and down the area near this steep cliff, praying bitterly and anticipating someone would come up and ask his just what was troubling him which would help him refrain from suicide. After pacing up and down the area for 45 minutes, a lady tourist does approach him, but with a request only to click her picture while she posed. Minutes later he jumps from the cliff. He survives the

attempt and later says, if only someone only smiled at him and asked him his troubles, he would not have jumped nor been in the situation he was in today. If we only we take time to observe others and just give a thought to what they are going through wouldn¶t the world be a better place to live in? People who live in the Middle East are more prone to being bestowed with peace all the time. One may ask how? Do we not hear the ³Salaam Alaikum´ (Peace be upon you) every day irrespective of caste, creed or religion and don¶t we respond to it? Here in the middle East we all do with ³Waalaikum Salaam´(Peace be upon you too), some with an extended version of ³ Waalaikum Salaam Rahmatullah barkathu´(Peace upon you with the blessings of the Almighty). For some it is a routine monotonous greeting, but only if we took a little time to pray for peace to be bestowed upon others. In the daily course of life wherever we live and work if we observe people closely each one has something which bothers him/her. We do not have to make people¶s problems ours, but all we could do from to help ease the situation, help the person going through stress is to ask how they are doing and very broad smile. A smile doesn¶t cost anything, in fact it helps de-stress the giver and helps relieve the receiver too, and all we need to do is just relax a few muscles that all!

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