How i learnt not to judge people from my encounter with a woman

   my experience and encounter with a deaf woman,don't judge people
This is a very valuable life lesson that I learnt and I want to share it here.

It was a cool Saturday morning. No school so I travelled to my maternal village. I decided to go to the stream to wash some clothes and perhaps spy on wild monkeys that play on the trees close to the stream.
I climbed down the slightly steep hill leading to the stream and I filled my bucket with the water that I will be using to wash my clothes. As I was going back I met a middle aged woman on the way on her way down to the stream. I was in a very happy mood because the atmosphere was serene . I joyfully greeted the woman but there was no response.
“Perhaps her mind was somewhere else” I told myself.

“Good morning ma! ” . That was me greeting her the second time but she didn’t even look towards my direction.
I wondered what the matter was but I still greeted her the third time but still there was no response. I became exasperated.

“What is wrong with the woman sef “? I asked myself.

Why is she pretending to be deaf and dumb or have I offended her unknowingly in past? Even if I did ,is it so abominable that she couldn’t even respond to greetings 3 consecutive times?
I left and I went to where I kept my clothes and I started washing . Few minutes later I heard some mumblings but I didn’t bother to turn and I continued with what I was doing until a hand tapped me at the back. It was the middle aged woman .
It was then that it dawned on me that she was DEAF . She needed help but couldn’t say anything that’s why she used hand gestures to request for help.

It finally made sense to me why she didn’t respond to my greetings. You see in life we are always quick to judge others but we tend to forget that people may have personal reasons for acting the way they did. Try to know someone’s side of the story before jumping to conclusions.
A doctor entered the hospital in hurry after being called in for an urgent surgery. He answered the call asap, changed his clothes and went directly to the surgery block. He found the boy’s father pacing in the hall waiting for the doctor. On seeing him, the dad yelled: “Why did you take all this time to come? Don’t you know that my son’s life is in danger? Don’t you have any sense of responsibility?”
The doctor smiled and said: “I am sorry, I wasn’t in the hospital & I came as fast as I could after receiving the call… And now, I wish you’d calm down so that I can do my work”
“Calm down?! What if your son was in this room right now, would you calm down? If your own son dies now what will you do?” said the father angrily.
The doctor smiled again and replied: “I will say what Job said in the Holy Book “From dust we came and to dust we return, blessed be the name of God”. Doctors cannot prolong lives. Go and intercede for your son, we will do our best by God’s grace”
“Giving advises when we’re not concerned is so easy” Murmured the grumpy father.
The surgery took some hours after which the doctor went out happy,
“Thank goodness!, your son is saved!” And without waiting for the father’s reply he carried on his way running. “If you have any question, ask the nurse!”
“Why is he so arrogant? He couldn’t wait some minutes so that I ask about my son’s state” Commented the father when seeing the nurse minutes after the doctor left.
The nurse answered, tears coming down her face: “His son died yesterday in a road accident, he was in the burial when we called him for your son’s surgery. And now that he saved your son’s life, he left running to finish his son’s burial.”
Never judge anyone because you never know what their life is about and what they’re going through.

Author: TheGoldendiamond

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