In these times of hard pressed for time, it is really hard to let others take priority but if you really love others and are kind in heart it is possible. Thanks for telling your story powerfully.
To laptopnurse - i'm guessing that you are a middleaged white woman, as am i. I haven't generally had the same experiences as you in traffic - most people wave, a very few do not, and i try not to obsess about it. In more personal face to face encounters, though, i have noticed that if i open a door or step aside for a young person, i get no acknowledgement at all - i don't know if they consider it completely beneath their dignity to acknowledge me, let along thank me - or if they have never been taught to be courteous, or never bothered to learn. On the other hand, some people's frank gratitude is completely humbling - i once gave up my place in a grocery line to a woman, and then she insisted, absolutely insisted on giving me a dollar in return; she didn't speak english, i gathered, and didn't look like she could spare the dollar, either, but she kept pressing it into my hand. An experience like erases the irksomeness of some people's blank indifference to one's tiny courtesies. Wishing you well.
What a great idea! And of course any time we do something for someone else it is a sacrifice but well worth the effort.
Thanks for sharing!
Very nice idea, involves sacrifice, worth trying. I would work on it too.
I have tried to do this throughout my life. When I let someone in traffic, I find most white folks will wave a thank you, most black folks don't , and never a young black male.
I have let people in line in front of me if they have less or seem in a rush. If I am not thanked, I will say "your welcome" to let them know that a courtesy was given to them and the minimal human acknowledgement is a TY. Am I wrong?
Setting a goal for the day, like you did, makes a lot of sense. It helps to focus us and helps us follow through!. Thanks for the idea. I'll do the same!
I would imagine the reactions vary from gratitude and excitement to shock and disbelief. It is a nice surprise when strangers go out of their way for us with no "strings" attached. Thank you for sharing this. You are a person that I hope to model myself after.
well thats too cool its agreat example for us tp learn from i really appreciate your courage.
how funny that doing something nice like letting people go ahead is "hard". But that is what this is all about taking the time and being aware doing something for others. Great example for us to try! Thanks!!!
we should all follow your lead. Being kind isn't always easy, but ohhhhhhh the rewards.