The Kindness of Strangers – Day 21
by Jim Herbert
Thank you to a Stranger #21
‘Twas four days before Christmas, and all through the town, commuters were silent as they muddled ‘cross rain soaked grounds. The temps were quite pleasant, yet the day cast its gloom, as trains ran late and the masses sensed doom. The platforms were crowded, quite snug with Internet surfers, all seeking some shelter from a misty morning shower. A silence of energy ran through the whole crowd, a dull, low vibration that made the silence actually seem loud.
Then all of a sudden there arose such a clatter, as a CTA janitor burst off the elevator as if none of this gloom mattered. He smiled widely at patrons and said “Happy Holidays”. And he rolled his plastic dumpster around in the rain collecting trash the careless travelers had not the courtesy to dispose of properly.
This jolly old janitor changed the dark energy, and he changed it right quick. If he had only lay a finger aside his nose and gave me a nod, I might have sworn his name was “St. Nick”….
So thank you joyful stranger, for changing the mood. Your choosing a positive vibe reminds me of our everyday choice….that even the gloomiest of days is no reason to brood.
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.