Following him, I begin to contemplate more thoughts....
I always hear the word "patience" being used in ways to calm a person, used as a guide for his/her actions, and/or a path to walk while working on a task or achieving a goal. I hear it used, I've told others to embrace it; but still yet to grasp its visible image.As we're making our way up 7th Street from Downtown LA's Metro center; the stranger informed me he's fasting for the month of Ramadan. In order for me to truly witness what having patience resembles, I too must fast - and I said, "No Problem." He explained fasting is a pillar of his life, and it is strictly to please The One Who Created us all.
Traveling the way I do, I have gone without sustenance throughout the day; but this particular "without-ness" began re-organizing the way see and feel. He instructed me, we are not only withhold consuming food and water; restrain from but foul talk and ill-deeds. All during the sunlight hours, and breaking fast at sunset will be a sign for you.
It's Sunday August 12, 2012 and we're walking in ninety-degree weather, fasting for the sake of our Creator. Finally the man points and says, "We're Here!" He tells me, "this is the place where you'll witness patience on many faces, in their actions and by deed." I noticed banners saying, Humanitarian Day and the Coalition to Preserve Human Dignity, an event where people helping people. Entering they greeted us with smiles, cheer, and bearing gifts.
I lost my friend, and I ended up receiving gifts, starting with....
- a bag for the goods I'm receiving,
- it was hot (90 degrees+) so the first group past me some water, I tried to offer back but they said, "No thank you, we are fasting" hmmm....very odd?
- Going through the line I was passed a shirt, towels, a blanket. Amazingly all my gifts were new items (items which I seriously needed). Further down the line they gave us....
- Books for reading, socks and a hygiene kit and medical treatment.
- Much needed cause I have no medical coverage.
It was this moment when I noticed patience; in deed (the event), at work (volunteers in the Heat!) and seen on smiling faces (humility). A people serving humanity while depriving themselves of natural sustenance. As a Passenger and bumping into a stranger, who graciously befriended me for only 30 minutes time together. I'm witnessing charity through discipline; a fast aligning me closer to dignity upon hunger. I now can describe what patience resembles, how it feel and now how to use it.
The last words of the Stranger before we parted he said, "Passenger, at sunset listen for a sign, then break your fast and return to your regular eating habits." In the distance from the event, I heard an amazing call and innately (sign) I knew it was time to break. Feeling a satisfied contentment, having no worries - now simply internalizing my day and contemplating life even more for its purpose. "Today, I earned my dinner (iftar)"
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