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originally posted by: Asktheanimals
Wonderful story! We should look for opportunities to help others in little ways like this. It makes a big difference in us all.
I shook my hatred of toll booths by paying for the person behind me as well. Now I feel good about having to pay since it helps make someone else's day a little better.
It's that fear that keeps us apart as people.
Destroy it with random acts of kindness.
originally posted by: soulwaxer
Awesome story and very well written!
One thing confuses me though, where you write about the general rule of avoiding eye contact in the city. As you just demonstrated with your very well written story, that is exactly what they expect, and it is also a part of the reason they feel disrespected.
I am white and when I run into a black guy, no matter where or in what situation, I look him in the eyes and give him the same smile I would anyone else. Sometimes I even say "hey brother, what's up!" and that always gets a good response.
Trust is much more powerful than fear.
originally posted by: TrueBrit
a reply to: Vroomfondel
The honey of life is never sweeter, than when encountered whilst expecting bitterness from the world.
Its beautiful that this moment was shared between you all, but ugly that such a thing would ever have such a profound effect. The world should be better by now, than for such a simple thing to be so psychologically effective. Still, wherever one can light a spark, shadows will flee before it, no matter how tiny that spark may be.
originally posted by: NightSkyeB4Dawn
a reply to: Vroomfondel
Congratulations! You are now a bonafide member of the Share a Smile Club.
I gift myself with the challenge of getting that smile out of the person that seems the most resistant to giving it up. My favorite is the old, crusty and crotchety Vets, and I sure give them a run for their money. Sometimes they will fight me tooth and nail, but I have not lost a challenge to one yet. I make it a point to compliment at least one person a day, always on the lookout for that person that looks like they need a spiritual boost.
It really is a bit of a selfish act for me I guess, because they always make me feel good as well. It is strange how a single, simple, gesture, can make so much of a difference.
In all moments, in all lands, and between all people, there are unique segments of time, confluences where two lives intersect, often briefly. These moments are all we have any control over, more specifically, how we meet those moments, is the thing in which we have the most agency. We do not get to choose where, or when they occur, but we do choose how we pass through them.
Is there a secret handshake? I always wanted a secret handshake...