There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes. ~ William J. Bennett, The Book of Virtues
Masood and I got into the elevator, and pushed the “G” button. Three floors later, a 30-something man joined us, and gave us a weak smile. He looked so tired, worn out, and emotionally exhausted.
“Sir, do you live in this building?” He asked, breaking the silence.
When Masood answered “yes“, he asked again, “Do you want to have your bathroom cleaned?“
“Just tell me, sir. I’ll do it.” The elevator door opened, and he left with a smile.
That man wasn’t a stranger to us, or perhaps even to the other people living in this building. During the day, he works as a deliveryman for a nearby supermarket. He rides a bicycle, with a yellow plastic basket tied at the back. Regardless of the weather, or time of the day, he delivers the goods on time.
At night, we often see him with a bucket of water and a sponge, cleaning someone’s car, or cars. People have to go to their offices early in the morning, so he makes sure their cars are clean even before they wake up.
Perhaps, he still has some ‘extra’ time in his hands, which he doesn’t want to waste.
And so he offers to clean our bathroom.