The bright sunshine percolated through the well trimmed tall plants in front of “Tim Hortons”, one of the famous local cafe of Toronto and pierced through its glass doors to silently glorify its peach coloured walls.
I was at my usual place with my book, bagel and hot chocolate.Met a seventy-year-old Srilankan, Aloysius who said He came to Toronto way back in the year 1986.He was working as a bank manager in one of the Srilankan banks when He decided to move to Toronto. Everything was going well for him until his life took an unexpected turn when he lost his wife in a road accident. His wife was teaching in a school. That morning, before leaving for her work, she asked her husband to pick her up after the school. She was crossing the road under a green signal when a speeding school bus hit her, and she died on the spot. Aloysius’s voice trembled when he briefly narrated the heart-breaking incident.
He had to sell his house and move to a different place in the city as the memories of his beloved wife haunted him all the time. These days, He lives with his son, works part time in the weekend and helps the needy.
Life teaches many things and the most important lesson is being alive is most important thing in the world. We never know when life pulls the strings to take us back and it can happen any time. As soon as the truth about the mortality of life is truly realised and established within, there will be no time for grief, depression, anger or jealousy.
As I walked out from Tim Horton’s it dawned on me that It’s time to walk in the sunshine, stay happy and count the blessings. It’s time to say the truth that we all have been carrying in our hearts like a hidden treasure. It’s time to be silly, be straight, be weird, be kind and be whatever one always wanted to be. There is no time for anything else.
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