The other day I offered my seat to an older gentlemen on the subway. He politely declined saying that he would only be staying on for one stop. I sat back down and noticed him looking at me. I could actually see the joy forming inside of him. He then approached me and said that he has a leg ulcer and really, really appreciated the gesture. Nobody else had even noticed this man. Their heads were all down, most of them on their phones.
While I believe that there are times when we need to be closed off, taking a chance on the world and being open to it can be the most liberating experience.
I know most people dread their commute. I was one of them. Knowing I’d have to be on a streetcar, then the subway, and then a bus, twice a day four times a week for a total of 75 minutes each trip, wasn’t my idea of a good way to spend my time. Through the kindness of strangers, I’ve come to relish in this routine. It’s become a time of learning, growth, and yes, even happiness. I love having the chance to make someone’s day and to put a little more kindness in the world. It’s so easy to show love to our friends and family, but taking a chance on a stranger doesn’t always come so naturally. It’s simple though – all it takes is a please and thank you, some eye contact, and a smile.
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to make a difference in a person’s life. Make it a goal to be kind to one stranger once a day and it will change your own life as well as the lives of those you touch. Today and every day, be good to yourself and be good to others.