In last week’s Grateful Heart post, I mentioned that I was going to challenge myself to write about one thing that’s going on in my life or something that affects ME in which I’m grateful for, but then to also find appreciation in someone else’s kindness. What I’d expected to happen upon challenging myself to this DID happen – I started to notice and see more and more people showing random and intentional acts of kindness.
My favorite moment from this past week happened when I was riding the Metra into the city. It was early morning, all of the train cars were full of people going to work, and a lot of us were forced to stand since all of the seats were taken. I was standing by the doors (the only room left) next to two Metra personnel and an older man. I was only casually listening to the man ask one of the Metra guys a slew of questions, like what track we’d be coming in on and what time it was and what side the doors would be opening. I thought it was kind of weird he was asking so many questions and as I glanced up from my phone, I noticed the man was blind.
I immediately began to silently worry for him. How was he going to get to where he needed to go in this rush hour? There would be so many people – pushing past each other and certainly past him. There would be empty train tracks, incoming trains, numerous stairwells heading downstairs… how in the world was he going to do this? It was then that one of the Metra guys told him, “Grab onto my arm. I’m going to take you all the way to the front door of the station once we pull in.” I breathed a sigh of relief, knowing this man would be well taken care of by this guy and then noticed his work partner mouth to him, “You’ll be late. You’ll miss the next train” and the guy just held up his hand and nodded as if to say, “It’s alright.”
So many people, especially in the morning and hustle and bustle of it all, only think of themselves, of their own agenda. They’re so focused on their own jobs and what they need to accomplish – they put themselves first and then if there’s time, they focus on others. I am one of these people. No, not always but sometimes I am this person, and this act of kindness was a reminder to throw out the lie that says me me me. The lie that says “worry about this and that.” It was a reminder to be aware of others, to be present in the moment, and to sometimes just say YES, even if it makes you late.
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