Being "Present" and Spreading Smiles on the Train
--by NEWJA, posted Jan 3, 2010
I'm smiling happily and brightly, feeling grateful, standing in a packed local transit train during the afternoon rush hour in San Francisco. Looking around, I notice that everyone looks so heavy and somber. Then I say lightly and with a smile, "Everyone looks so serious."
Several people nearby look at me blankly, and one person smiles. Then I say "Come on guys, this is San Francisco!"
Suddenly a few more smiles. Someone who looked very somber moments before smiles and says, "It's worse in New York." Another person smiles and says, "It's worse on the BART train (another transit service in San Francisco) too."
Then I smile even bigger and say in a light tone, talking excitedly, "Well, I don't know much about that, but we gotta redouble our happiness." Suddenly everyone smiles as we approach the next stop. A few moments later, someone says, "Well, let's go out and spread it." Looking over my shoulder, I see that everyone is smiling and I step off the train, filled with that familiar feeling of joy and gratitiude at the same time. I'm a junkie for it.
A good friend of mine once said "The best gift we can give is the gift of our presence," and I took that to heart.
I find that with that kind of practice, the minor incoveniences of life become like nothing. I don't even notice them. In fact, I have gained 1,000 times more than I could ever lose, and I did it all just by giving the gift of my presence. To the wonderful people who have taught me that, thank you so much.
The gift of our presence is the greatest gift a person can give, and it doesn't cost a cent.
Presence in true sense is so imp , thanks for bringing it up.