Beyond the three stripes...
Just before I left, I met Omar from Eritrea whom I usually meet every Friday. He's around 50 something years old. He asked if I can help him to fix his computer.
I don't really know about fixing computer (as I am a very ancient person). But hey, nothing wrong with checking it out...so I walked with him to his apartment. He is sharing the apartment with a 75 years old Icelandic guy, who is also a very nice guy.
Anyway, so it turns out that there's a minor virus in the computer and he didn't have any anti-virus program. With my limited knowledge, I downloaded Avira, scanned the computer and then removed the virus. While scanning the computer, he was showing me a video of his brother-in-law who just got married in Eritrea, and a picture of his wife with his two children.
After we finished everything, both of them cooked some very delicious foods, and the three of us ate together. It was almost 17:30, I wanted to go but I thought it wouldn't be appropriate to leave right after I ate....so I decided to stay for some conversations, which turns out to be very interesting. They are amazing people with amazing lifes..I learned so many things from them.
Just before 18:00 I decided to go. I sat on the floor (as always) to put my shoes on.
"I see you like sport shoes"
"Yes, it's quite comfortable...I've been using this for more than 3 years"
"Ok then, I have to go now...thank you John (the Icelandic guy)"
"Omar? (he went to his room)..."
In a few seconds he came out... "I think this is your size"
He gave me a brand new Adidas shoes (and yes..it's indeed my size). As I told him that my shoes are still ok, he kept forcing to take it because he never used it anyway.
He is working as a cleaner in Kringlan (a mall in Reykjavik) and also a volunteer for Red Cross. In one of his program with Red Cross, he got a free pair of shoes because the event was sponsored by Adidas.
I still can't believe that I went home with a new pair of shoes, a nice one.
I guess when something that you like comes to you unexpectedly, it's either you become more grateful....or you completely forgot that you should be grateful.
A lot of people always turn to God when they're in trouble. But when they are not facing any problems, they forgot to be grateful.
If we do pray to God when we're facing problems, then the state of "not facing any problems" which a lot of people usually consider as "normal" actually means that God has granted our wishes. Then we should also be grateful for that.
I realized that what I just wrote above is "human", that we tend to forget to be grateful when we are happy. So I'm writing this as a reminder for myself, too!
I believe that the best way to grateful is to share it with others. I'm happy....and it's a good feeling...I wish others can also feel what I'm feeling now. So it's my turn now to make others happy.
I have so many things to be grateful in my life (and I believe it's the same with you). So I need to do things that will make people feel happy too :)
It's passed midnight now. The cafe is almost closed, only me and 2 other people sitting three tables next to me. I'm going to finish my coffee and go home...
from Hresso with smile,