Random Act of Kindness

It was just one of those days. You know the drill, nothing goes your way. All it takes is just one act to turn your day around. This particular day, mine came in the form of an attractive man – and don’t worry, this isn’t one of those cheesy, I met the love of my life posts. No, this man did something that made him attractive beyond his looks.

Working in San Francisco, I’ve gotten used to people not paying attention to one another. We walk by hundreds of people a day, not even looking at them. Between running to get to the office or grabbing a cup of coffee, we’re so busy that we forget to even acknowledge each other. Moreover, we often forget, or maybe choose not to notice those that are not walking alongside us in shiny new shoes, briefcases in hand. Those that are sleeping on cardboard, and often times, no shoes at all. However, this particular night, one young man did see the older gentleman asleep in the hallways of the train station.

I noticed him with his backpack and headphones – standard working dude wear. He turned and smiled when he heard my heels on the pavement. When he turned back his eyes noticed the man on the floor, he took his backpack off, opened the zip and took out a handful of snacks and left in front of the sleeping man. Before I had a chance to say anything to him, his train arrived, and he was off – not before smiling and nodding to me before the train doors closed.

That random act of kindness completely turned around the horrible day I was having and gave me something more than a warm, fuzzy feeling – it gave me hope. It gave me the feeling that the work that I’ve done and so many others is not in vain. We are all fighting for a worthy cause and one person can make a difference.

It only takes a few seconds for a human being to give another human being a basic need. So often we lose sight that the people with styrofoam cups and cardboard signs are human beings just like you and me – no more and no less. So often I see people walking around with their noses in the air, oblivious to the person they passed by. If only more people were like the man with the snacks, the world might be a little kinder.

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