The Kindness of Strangers – Day 13
by Jim Herbert
Sometimes it’s the simplest of things that change the direction of your day:
Thank you to a stranger #13
As I said in my post yesterday, I’ve been working on getting my early morning activity mojo back in gear. I decided to go to hot yoga this morning but was pressed for time because I wanted to stop and get a few things at the store on the way so I could get home to Christiana and have breakfast right after class.
As I was leaving the store with an armful of bags I was sure that I was going miss the elevator that was about to close in the distance. Even the 90 seconds of delay might have put my arrival at class on time in question. Sure enough the lady in the elevator saw me approaching and held the doors.
As a result I made my class just in time. It was a wonderful class that I totally needed. I came out of class in a great place mentally which helped me a good deal when we attended shiva this afternoon for a co-worker who left his body earlier this week.
As we sit at home tonight and finish decorating our Christmas tree I think back the first person I interacted with in the early hours of the morning. I am grateful for the fact that you took the time to wait a second to save me a minute which quite possibly changed the direction of my day. Even the simple acts of courtesy and kindness can have a exponential effect…
I wanted to write my whole life. By age 45 it had amounted to nothing more than a storage locker of half full journals and a lot of unfulfilled dreams. Then Paris in the fall of 2011 happened. It was the catalyst I needed to consistently blog. At first I had a hard time hitting the publish button, but now two blog sites and over 300 posts later I’m hitting my stride. I’m also a budding speech writer. I’ve recently been heavily involved in the Chicago Storytelling scene and have also won the Chicago Toastmasters Area 66 International Speech Contest. Website: http://www.emergingintojoy.com.