We all are a human being and have some bad habits. The one is very common and almost we all have. I know you all are thinking about that habit. The habit that we have is being judgmental towards others. And immediately we jump to conclusions that people or this type or that type. Because we just make a decision on the base that how they people look. We have seen just their outside not their inside.
But the truth is that all that is gold does not glitter. Beauty is only skin deep. So the story that I am telling you here is an important message that many of us could do with taking on board. I will tell you here that do not judge the people by their appearance but to look beyond appearance and to the person that exists within the human being. And I hope you get something good from this story and love your fellow human beings for who they really are.
This story starts with a man who took a flight to Hong Kong in Tokyo. He sat with a window when he was disturbed by an overweight woman trying to squeeze in next to him.
“Hi! How are you?”
The woman asked with a smiley face, who had taken a seat beside him. By filling all available space and squeezing her bottom into the seat.
She positioned herself comfortable and plopped her heavy arm on the common armrest. She shrank his seat with her heavy body and the man sat into insignificance.
He cringed and reclined towards the window.
The woman leaned towards the man while repeating her greeting in an upbeat friendly voice. Her face towered above his head, forcing him to turn to look at her. Then the man replied with obvious loathing, “Hi”.
The man turned away to stare out the cabin window thinking about this heavy woman and situation he was going to experience with this monster beside him.
The woman again nudged him with her meaty arm. “My name is Laura. I’m from Britain. How about you? Japan?”.
The man replied “Malaysia” and silent.
But the woman did not stop here and said to the man, “I’m so sorry! Will you accept my heartfelt apology? Come, shake my hand. If we’re going to spend six hours side-by-side on this flight, we’d better be friends, don’t you think?”. And she waved her hand in front of that man, but he shook the hand reluctantly, still silent.
The woman named Laura started a conversation with him without taking any notice about that man’s reaction. She started talking about her trip to Hong Kong to see students at the boarding school where she was teaching.
He gave her just one-word answers to all her questions about him. But the woman did not notice his coldness and made appreciative comments to his answer with her warm and caring voice. She was considerate and courteous when they were served drinks and meals. ‘I don’t want to clobber you with my elephant size!’ she said.
Then the woman’s face that repulsed him hours before, now opened into extraordinary smiles lively and calm at the same time. Then the man started taking interest in her conversation.
She was an interesting conversationalist. She had knowledge of many subjects from philosophy to science. She had an understanding of many subjects and good exploring ability. Each of her comment was humorous and inspirational. The topic of their conversation then turned to culture and she surprised the man by her intelligent and well-thought-out analysis.
During their conversation, Laura managed to make every cabin crew who served them walk away laughing at her jokes.
Even the flight attendant who was clearing their plates, she cracked several jokes about her size. The flight attendant roared with laughter and grabbed Laura’s hand, “You really make my day!”.
The next few minutes, Laura remained serious and gave pointers to the flight attendants about a weight problem. Then the grateful flight attendant said before she left “‘I’ve got to work. I’ll come back later and talk to you about it.”
Then the man asked Laura “Have you ever thought about losing some weight?”.
‘No. I’ve worked hard to get this way. Why would I want to give it up?’
‘You aren’t worried about cardiovascular diseases that come with being overweight?’
‘Not at all. You only get the diseases if you’re worried about your weight all the time. You see advertisements from slimming centers that say, “Liberate yourself from your extra baggage so that you are free to be yourself.” It’s rubbish! You’re liberated only if you’re comfortable with who you are, and what you look like any time of the day and any time of the year! Why would I want to waste my time on slimming regimes when I have so many other important things to do and so many people to be friends with? I eat healthily and walk regularly; I’m this size because I am born to be big! There is more to life than worrying about weight all day long.’
She said, “Besides, God gives me so much happiness that I need a bigger body to hold all of it! Why would I lose weight to lose my happiness?” Taken aback by her reasoning, he chuckled.
Laura continued. ‘Folks often see me as a fat lady with big bosoms, big things, and a big bottom that no man would even bother to cast a glance at. They see me as a slob. They think I’m lazy and have no willpower. They’re wrong.’
She held up her glass to a passing flight attendant. ‘More of this magnificent wine, please.’ With a sweet smile, she said to attendant ‘Great service from your crew. May God bless all of you.’
Then she turned to man again “I’m actually a slim person inside. I’m so full of energy that people won’t be able to keep up with me. This extra flesh is here to slow me down, otherwise, e I’ll be running everywhere chasing after men!”
‘Do men chase after you?’ he asked jokingly.
‘Of course, they do. I’m happily married, but men still keep proposing to me. Most of them have relationship problems and they need someone to confide in. For some reason, they like to talk to me. I think I should have been a counselor instead of a school teacher!’
She paused and then said thoughtfully, ‘You know, the relationship between men and women is so complicated. Women worship men and call them, “Honey” until they find out they have been lied to, and then they turn into bitter gourds! Men love women so much that they see them as their soul mates until they look at their credit card bills, and then women become devils with tridents!’
Her beguiling conversation now had turned the flight into something thoroughly enjoyable. At the end of the flight, almost half the cabin crew was standing beside their seat, laughing and joking with Laura. All passengers were around them and the center of attention was just Laura, filling the cabin with delightful warmth.
After taking off the flight, when they waved goodbye to each other at Hong Kong’s Kai Tak Airport, he watched her, walking towards a big group of adoring adults and kids. The group was hugging and kissing Laura.
And the man was stunned to see that. He said “: Laura was the most beautiful woman I had ever met in my life. ”
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