I don’t normally bother you all with stories about my life but I think what happened today taught me something important and I hope you don’t mind if I share it with you.
I had a really big meeting at Covent Garden, I made it to Waterloo from Surrey and I was cutting it a bit close. The thing you have to understand about London is that everyone is in a hurry. Always. You are always trying to get that extra second in, catch that first tube, get on the train right as the doors close, rushing, always rushing. Londoners never slow down, we can’t because we’ll be late. But for what? If we always rush through life then we forget the important things.
I’m not saying I’m not totally guilty of rushing, and today was no different. I was racing down the stairs at Waterloo to catch the Northern Line when I saw this woman at the bottom with a baby pram. Tiny, blonde lady struggling with a huge pram, smiling at her baby and trying to get up just one step. Men and women alike walked right past her which upset me. My feet started walking before my brain caught up and my mouth opened automatically and I said with my atrocious southern accent which echoed and surprised some of my fellow passengers ‘Hang on there I’m comin’ down to help!’
I figured trains come and go, this is London you can always blame being late on TFL. I grabbed the other end of the pram and smiled. What struck me was how apologetic and shocked she was at me helping her. She kept saying ‘Don’t worry, go for your train. Don’t you need to catch the train? Please don’t be late for me’ and when she realized I wasn’t leaving she started telling me how kind I was and thanking me and just going on about kindness. I smiled at the little baby and said ‘Hello!’ and she giggled. When I turned to go down the stairs I heard her say to her daughter ‘See when you grow up I want you to be like her’. Pretty much set the tone for the rest of my day. I waltzed around with a smile on my face.
Acts of kindness, no matter how small make a day better and brighter. There is no reason to struggle alone, we are put on this Earth to support each other and to constantly work to make this world something more. I didn’t want gratitude, I didn’t help her because I wanted to be some sort of hero, or thanked for being kind. I did it because it was the right thing to do.I hope one person saw what I did and paid it forward.
I am telling you now because I hope one of you reads this and pays it forward.
It’s been a rough year but the good times have outnumbered the bad like the stars that litter the night sky. Let’s look back with no regrets and move forward with a new love for life.
I pray that wherever tonight finds you; quietly toasting the new year with hope in your heart or lost screaming in a crowd, that you are safe and warm and above all else, happy.
Cheers to you all!
” …Mr Strakhov said the little seal is almost blind and was unlikely to survive in the wild. Fortunately for the plucky pup, fate is smiling down on him. Mr Strakhov was in the company of a Russian dolphinarium who have taken the pup into their care.” Biggest grin on my face after reading that.
” …Mr Strakhov said the little seal is almost blind and was unlikely to survive in the wild.
Fortunately for the plucky pup, fate is smiling down on him.
Mr Strakhov was in the company of a Russian dolphinarium who have taken the pup into their care.”
Biggest grin on my face after reading that.
Song of the Wave by Khalil Gibran
… In the heaviness of night, when all
Creatures seek the ghost of Slumber,
I sit up, singing at one time and sighing
At another. I am awake always …
Have I mentioned how much I love you all lately? You are all such wonderful individuals and I just hope the best for you!!
Bundle up if it’s cold, keep cool if it’s warm and put smile on because you’ve helped make this world beautiful.