“You are a life saver, you’ve saved my life”.
“You are the best thing that has happened to me today, thanks for making me happy”.
These words I heard total strangers say to me some time ago come to mind every now and then. I remember the look on their faces when they said these words to me. I also remember how it made me feel. These came from two amazing stories I am about to share with you.
Life Savers Account
On the 1st of January 2020 (we didnt know Corona was coming ooo), I was supposed to meet up with some good friends of mine to watch an Ebo White Play. The plan was that I would meet them outside the National Theatre and then we go in together to enjoy the play. They had my ticket purchased, so I just needed to show up. This plan didn’t work out as planned for me because I decided to come along with a +1. C’mon I was born and bred in Ghana; a Ghanaian doesn’t go chilling alone when she has a friend. When you invite one person, expect “her” to show up with another one. Hahaha. My plan was to get an extra ticket for my +1. We had bought tickets several times at the gate for Ebo White Plays so I knew I would definitely get an extra one for my +1. Well, that’s what I thought until we actually got there and there were no tickets. All the tickets had been sold out! At that point, I didn’t know what to do. I called a friend, who might know someone, to see if he could work out some magic for me to get a ticket but he couldn’t. In as much as I wanted to be with my good friends whom I hadn’t seen for over a year, I couldn’t leave my +1 hanging.
I decided to try again for that extra ticket. There’s this thing I believe in, trying my best before I give up so I don’t have any ‘what ifs’ running through my head later at night. We went back to the ticket booth and I asked the sales officer if there wasn’t any way possible for us to get just one ticket. He explained how the theatre was not yet full but the tickets were all out. There was really nothing he could do. As we stood there hoping for some ways and means to enter the theatre, a guy showed up desperately asking for a ticket. I felt I needed that ticket until I saw this guy, he looked like he needed a ticket badly than I did. The play had started and I wanted to be with my friends laughing hard but I ended up selling my ticket to the desperate guy. Yes, I sold it. I’m not Mother Christmas…lol. With a look of gratitude and a face full of smiles he said to me, “you are a life saver, you’ve saved my life”, and rushed in to enjoy the play. I didn’t get to watch the play but I was excited that day. I saved a life on the first day of the year and mehn it felt good. I know my +1 felt I was being dramatic about the whole incident when brought it up again but ‘hey’ it felt good hearing that. I ended up at the Viva Cafe with my +1 and chilled with the money I made from selling the ticket.
My line of duty at work includes a whole lot of things that was never spelt out on my job description and responsibilities just like a lot of Ghanaian workers. We have been told a lot of things like, ‘the customer is always right’, ‘just smile and get paid’, among other annoying things you have to live with, if you want to keep your job. I knew it was going to be one of those days I needed to remind myself of all the above, when I sat down to talk to my client. “Good afternoon”, I greeted with a smile. “Good afternoon”, she responded with a very serious unfriendly look. I don’t remember the mood I was in that day but I had a big heart for her and definitely her time. Isn’t that why I’m paid every month? hahaha! There is this thing about Ghanaian lawyers, they always want you to know they are lawyers, they will let you know their rights and they will quote the law to prove it all.
As a young lawyer, my client had done her assignment well, she read well before coming, went on and on about what the law says should be done and why we are not following it to the latter. As I said earlier, I had her time. I listened to her. When she was done, I took my time and explained our practice note to her and made her see reason. It was for her good. The very thing she went on and on about. God being good, she understood me and at that point I asked her if she could smile now. That was when she actually opened up about how bad her day had been. She came here to submit a letter and she was asked to print it out when the law hasn’t stated so among others, I went like, ‘I know right, we can be so annoying…lol’. We shared a laugher together. After that laugh, she said, ‘you are the best thing that has happened to me today, thanks for making me happy’.
I don’t know how you feel when you are able to help someone out of a situation they could do nothing about on their own. I don’t know how it makes you feel when you see others happy, especially when you know you actually contributed to that. It’s a good feeling I must say. I’m looking out for opportunities to make people feel blessed, happy and relieved. I believe that’s why God keeps surprising people with blessings. I can imagine how he feels when we are screaming here, all happy and thanking him over and over. We are created in his image and likeness.
Why don’t we behave like Him? Can we try to be there for people when they least expect it? Why don’t we do our best to bring smiles and laughter to the faces of many? May be we will receive some nice words to make our heads big. Even if those words don’t come, we feel the satisfaction of being able to help.
We don’t give up being good people because God hasn’t stopped.