“Mummy”, screamed the child as he craved for some attention from his mother. He has finished his cookies and coffee sitting on a rooftop coffee shop, a favorite of her mother.
“What beta?”, asked his mother as she glanced at him, taking her eyes away from some office work she was just about to complete on her laptop.
“You are busy, and our coffee is finished too. What am I supposed to do?”, said the child, clearly getting bored.
“Just a minute beta. My work is just about to…” She was interrupted before she could complete the sentence.
“There is nothing going on.”
Realizing that her son won’t take it anymore, she closed her laptop, took one last sip from her coffee and asked – “Now tell me son, what’s the matter?”
“It is so boring here mummy. There is nothing going on, let us go home.”, screamed the boy again, attracting the attention of a few people sitting close by.
“Let me tell you something. There is never nothing going on. Just relax for a moment and observe the waiters serving coffee to customers, different set of people leaving and coming in the coffee shop. Also observe the moods of different people, some are happy, some are sad, and look over there – those set of people are certainly arguing about something. Look outside, there are trees of different types. Can you spot the birds sitting on the branches? If you listen, you can even hear their chirping.”
“So what mom?”, asked the boy.
“What I want to say beta is that there is never nothing going on. It is only we who stop listening or feeling. Feel the cool breeze as it comes every few minutes on this side of the cafe. Savor this moment for what it has to offer. And that is why I love coming here and spend some time just relaxing. Never say life is boring, because it isn’t.”
“Hmm.. I guess we get bored sometimes, but life isn’t.”, exclaimed the boy, looking a little perplexed and amused at the same time.
“Great then, let me complete my work now.” And she opened her laptop again.
This time, the boy went over to the road facing side of the roof. I guess he was observing and feeling all that is happening on the road below.