This is one of Kabir's Dohas.
It got me thinking, by how much time was I late? 30 seconds and that's not much, but when I thought about all those who were 30secs late because of me the figure is astonishingly high. There were around 30 people in my bus everyone lost half a minute. There 4 other buses behind my bus and they must be having a similar number. There were some cars and vehicles, lets take a minimal number say 30. So then and there around 150 people lost 30 secs or 75 mins of collective time. I though about it little further, there were more people waiting down the road for bus to arrive and in the end there were around 50 people in the bus. So let's say there were 60 more people affected for 30secs. Now think of all those who were waiting for these people at work, for meetings etc. they all were again late by 30secs. Let's again take a minimal figure of 100 people. So in all there were around 310 people who lost their half minute. So because of me world lost 155mins or 2hours 35mins. If I wouldn't have made the bus wait then how much time would have I lost 10 mins extra, but in now way was this justified for 2H 35M.
So many times we curse others for wasting our time, but how many times do we actually care about other's time. That's what the short saying, on the top, means. I think it's a very powerful way of thinking, the only thing I can improve upon is me, if I can do that a lot of other things will automatically fall into their place.
Added on 19th Feb 2007:
I think, I was supposed to get this learning the hard way. I missed my bus today and just by few seconds. Today I decided not to make it wait. I wanted to test how much extra time will it take this way. I took me 20 extra minutes to reach my office than the bus. I think 20mins are still better than 155mins and the best will be not to miss the bus and arrive at bus stop 30 secs earlier.
I thought while going through :
1. Euphoria's Doha song
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