It was an ordinary day. I’d just stepped off the bus, making my way to catch a train. Out of nowhere, a lady called for me. “Excuse me!” I turned around and saw she had frantically run after me. “Did you leave these on the bus?” she asked, as she held out a pair of glasses. I told her they weren’t mine, but I thanked her anyway. She smiled the happiest smile and walked away. I smiled the happiest smile over how someone would be kind enough to chase me down for a small thing like that. Such good intentions.
Another standard day. Except this time, I was on the road. I’d only just passed my driving test and it was my first week of going it solo. P plates ready, P for Please be nice to me! (Okay, not really but that’s what I hoped for :mrgreen:). I was having a particularly hard time entering Rush Hour Road, probably at a standstill for at least five minutes, when the car behind me drove along my side. Oh no, I’m taking too long, I thought. But to my surprise, she gestured at me to follow her and she kindly guided me out, her car alongside me. It was an unusual case but she did it in a wonderful, safe way. Times like those I wish I had a huge light-up sign that flashed “Thank You!!!”
And most recently. Yet another everyday kinda day. A car had broken down in the most unfortunate position. In the middle of a road. In front of a junction. At rush hour, in the darkness! At first a lot of cars simply drove round her, but when it became apparent she was stuck, traffic from all sides halted. Several men stepped out of their own cars to check if the driver was okay. They convinced her to walk back to a safe area. Then they all proceeded to push her vehicle to safety too. The fact that everyone had stopped to make sure this lady was safe before continuing their journeys… something about that whole thing was beautiful.
These three stories are things I actually experienced. And I think it’s so wonderful that a seemingly ordinary day can be turned into an extraordinary one, simply from one act of kindness. Even when I wasn’t on the receiving end, my day was made better from simply witnessing it.
With so much bad news in our airwaves, it’s always a welcome change to read some good news once in a while. It’s people like this who inspire us to do what’s right – to look out for one another.
The inspiration bug has hit. Each of these experiences taught me something new. Since then, I’ve also chased after a person when they dropped their coat. I’m always extra nice to other drivers and road-users. I’ve learned that one small positive change that can change a day for the better.
Everyone needs a source of happiness to feed from. Whether you’re having a bad day, going through something deeper, or in need of a cheer-me-up treat… even the most optimistic of people can need something to make them smile.
For that reason, I’m sharing with you this Tumblr blog called Faith In Humanity Restored: http://faithinhumanityr.tumblr.com/
Serious kudos to whoever runs it! I found it early this week and have spent a lot of time going through it, because it’s just too darn adorable and heartwarming! It’s a great place if you need something to cheer you up 🙂