“Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.” Isaac Asimov
I love this story by Paul Coelho! In the current environment we all live in, we can be overwhelmed by prejudice, fear and judgment; but at the end of the day, it is up to each of us, to step back and see life through open minds, souls and hearts and in doing so, we may be surprised what we discover.
This story is from a restaurant at a German University.
A red-haired student, and undeniably German takes her tray and sits down at her table. She then realizes she has forgotten her cutlery and gets up again to pick it up.
Coming back, she sees with astonishment that a black man, possibly sub-Saharan by his appearance, is sitting there and is eating from her tray.
Straight away, the young woman feels stressed and shocked. But immediately changes her thought and presumes that the African is not familiar with European customs concerning private property and privacy. She also takes into consideration that perhaps he does not have enough money to pay for his meal.
In any case, she decides to sit in front of the guy and to smile at him in a friendly manner. The African responds with another dazzling smile.The German girl starts to help herself; sharing the food with the black man with genuine pleasure and courtesy.
And so, he took the salad, she ate the soup, both took their share of the stew, one took care of the yoghurt and the other of the piece of fruit,
All this peppered with numerous refined smiles – timid from the man and smoothly, encouraging and kind by the girl;
They eat up their lunch.
The German girl gets up to get a coffee.
On her way back, it is then that she discovers, on the table behind the black man, her coat placed on the back of a chair ……..and her food tray untouched.”
What would you do?