IT was early morning. People had begun going up and down the main
street of the town in increasing numbers. An old man was walking
slowly, supporting himself on a stick. From the opposite direction
came a young man, walking with swift, easy strides. Evidently he was
in a hurry and did not see where he was going. He ran into the old
man and lost his temper.
As if nothing had happened, the old man spoke in a calm voice, “I
beg you pardon Sir, I am afraid you didn’t realise that I am blind.
I hope you are not hurt.”
These words had an unexpected effect on the youth. He was ashamed of
his rude behaviour, and humbly begged the old man’s pardon for his
unseemly behaviour. “It is for me to apologize, Sir: forgive me.
I have heard much about being gentle in one’s never known gentleness such
I have seen many who assume gentleness, but I have never known gentleness
such as yours.”
Could there be a better lesson in good behaviour than this? Those with
sight need sometimes the insight of the blind.