The Kindness of Strangers – Day 17
by Jim Herbert
Thank you to a stranger #17
Yesterday afternoon I was walking on Michigan Avenue after my therapy appointment. I was feeling energized and my senses were all on high alert.
For the past six weeks I’ve been moving through a period of Divinely designed mystery. I’ve been defining it as a period of stagnation. Over the last few days though I’m starting to see it more as the rest after an intense year of rigorous climbing and/or the calm before the Avalanche. That’s a different story for a different post though.
As I was waking down Michigan Avenue in the dusk I noticed some things I would otherwise have walked past. I noticed the onion dome atop the Intercontinental hotel lit up in green and red. I noticed that the statue in the walkway by the Purple Pig was wearing a scarf. I noticed a man using the rail of the Wacker Street bridge to stabilize his camera to capture a photo of the river and Trump tower. I questioned his decision making on multiple counts. Lol.
Then I noticed a lady in a long coat about 20 yards away from me with arms bursting full of bags. Her coat had blown open in a wind gust and the belt of her coat fallen to the ground. Another lady walking past her in the opposite direction stopped, picked up the belt, helped her button her coat and tied the belt around her waist. All this while the lady with the bags was able to continue to manage her load without putting it down on the street. I thought it was one of the nicest things I’ve seen.
In the hustle and bustle when so many people seem to be in a rush it’s nice to see someone stop to notice a stranger in need even if it was the most simple assist.
So thanks to the lady who helped the other lady tie her coat back up. I bet it caused a ripple effect of other good vibrations and kind deeds…
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.