As a child I used to look at colored people and thought they looked so special and good to me. In our neighborhood we almost never saw any colored people so it was special, without any doubt. But The way The Others responded to them was terrible. I remember standing in a bakery and there was a black man standing next to me. He looked a bit like Sidney Poitier. The woman who owned the store looked at me, I was about 8 years at that time, and asked me what I needed. I looked at her and to the black man next to me, smiled and said: ‘I want you to ask this Mister for he was here before me.’ The bakery lady however did not look at the man once and repeated her question. I looked at her and pointed to the man beside me.
‘I want you to ask him the same question for he wants something too you know!’ The lady started to color more red in her face and did not respond. This was the moment the black man looked at me, he had a very friendly expression on his face and put a hand on my shoulder. He nodded at me and squinted his eyes in a comforting way for a couple of seconds. Then he said with a beautiful warm voice: ‘Thank you!’ He turned his head towards the bakery lady and smiled his white teeth. ‘One dark wheat bread please!’ His voice had a certain effect on the bakery lady and she took the dark brown loaf from the shelf, wrapped it in paper and gave it to the black man standing beside me.
‘What do I owe you?’ The man asked her gently. The woman mumbled the price of the loaf of bread, did not look at him but held her eyes pointed towards the floor. The man put down the money, looked at me and smiled again. The most beautiful smile I had ever seen in my entire life.
‘Life is not that difficult you know,’ he said softly. I listened to him with not only my ears but with my Soul as well. He smiled again. ‘Life is what you make it,’ he added and put down his hand on my shoulder again. Then, after saying goodbye to the bakery lady, he stepped out of the store and disappeared. I never saw him again but I never forgot him nor his words. Till today I can still hear his warm dark voice and the Comforting peaceful Energy he owned in a pure and honest way.
Next time I went to the bakery, the same lady was talking about that day the black man was in her store to another customer. She felt happy that this sort of people (she referred to the black man) was not seen very often. I could not help hearing this, looked at her and asked: ‘Excuse me…? I could not help hearing you but do you remember what the dark man said after you sold the bread to him?’ The bakery lady seemed to feel highly uncomfortable for she got all red again while she told the customer who was standing just in front of her she had no idea what I was talking about. I assumed she told the customer that she refused to sell him any bread. I looked at her.
‘He said that life is what you make it! And for what I have seen here, you are not making very much out of it!’ I felt upset, disappointed and even shocked in a way about the way she acted and decided to walk out of the bakery store. As I already stood outside and looked over my shoulder I saw the two ladies look at me in a stunned way. None of them said anything nor moved.
‘Life is not that difficult you know!’ I repeated the black man’s words and walked off to my house again. Somehow I had the feeling I just did something good. I stood up for that black man, even though he was not there. My mother saw me come home without the bread she asked for.
‘Where is the bread?’ she asked amazed. ‘Were they closed?’ I looked at my mom and smiled.
‘To me they are from now on!’ I answered her, leaving her with a not understanding expression on her face as I walked upstairs to my room.
When we are able to see every living Soul on this planet as human beings instead of seeing and treating them as different persons, the world will be a Loving place where every single Soul can live with each other in peace and corporation, communicating in a normal way and feeling the want to share. I believe in such a world. I believe in sharing with each other. I believe in accepting my fellow humans in an open and pure way.
How about you?