Those New York City Moments
--by singlestep, posted Apr 7, 2014
"Please surprise someone by taking care of their order with this today," I said, "and give them this card."
Her mouth dropped open. "Really?" she asked.
"Really." I replied.
"Why are you doing this?" she asked.
"To spread a little bit of kindness," I said, "It feels like a good day to share a little bit of extra love."
Her face broke into the biggest grin. "This is so beautiful!"
I smiled thinking about how she was going to spend the rest of the day looking for that "perfect" person to tag. I had no idea that what went around would come around so quickly.
A little while later I stood, looking lost, on a subway platform in Times Square. A suit-clad commuter pulled out his earphones and gently asked, "Where do you need to go?" Then he gave me directions.
Soon afterwards I found myself struggling with a big suitcase through a downtown subway station. I'd already dragged it for several blocks and up and down multiple staircases refusing offers of help from a couple of sweet passers-by. As I paused in front of a final flight of steps, trying to ignore the ache in my back and bracing myself for the final mile, a young man turned the corner and without missing a beat, said, "Can I help you with that?"
Before I'd even managed a reply he hoisted it up with a smile. It was such a grace-filled moment it put a lump in my throat, and reminded me again how much I love this tough, resilient, paradoxical city and the way it can steal your heart when you least expect it - with quiet kindness!
It's wonderful how small acts can spread such a great joy.
It's encouraging me to open more my eyes to try to do the same
Also about the above comment.
Well said, lovesveggies. I do believe that it is a gift to let others do something for you. It does not come naturally for many of us, but i try to remember this lesson and accept help when it's offered.