SCENES FROM SAN FRANCISCO

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Commuting to work becomes such an inherent part of our routine, we stop focusing on the day-to-day details.

As I participated in my own commute, I noticed a couple having a friendly chat. They were laughing and carrying on, when he broke off the conversation with a quick, “be right back”, and started running down the street. The woman was very confused by his behavior, but before she could call after him, he reached his destination.

A man’s car had broken down in a busy intersection, and people were honking at him from all directions. He was doing his best to push and steer the car at the same time, but he didn’t have enough strength to keep the momentum going. By the time the jogging boyfriend reached him, an additional good Samaritan had his hands on the car, and together they began pushing with all their might. They quickly moved the vehicle out of the road, and the driver was able to pull over and park.  The group disbanded over a celebratory cheer, but I keep thinking about that scene.

There are moments of kindness all around, but it’s so easy to focus on the mean, aggressive, and frustrating moments instead. Remember that a gesture of good will, no matter how small it may seem to you, can change the direction of someone else’s day. Be kind, and carry on. 

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