Hey movers and shakers! Happy Monday! I’d like to start off this week by telling you a quick story.
Picture this: It’s Monday morning rush our at the train station. Myself and the hoard of other 9 – 5ers are lining up at the ticket machines, patiently waiting for our turn to get the golden tickets and be on our way into town. The train leaves in approximate 3 mins and 39 seconds. But who’s counting really…
The men and women around me are listening to Ipods, checking their email, and rattling through their wallets as we get closer to the front of the queue. Nobody dare makes conversation. It’s too early and they need their dose of caffeine before civilised human behaviour takes place.
The train is soon to arrive and I’m almost near the front. There is an elderly lady a few spots in front of me at the machine now. I can see she is confused, but everybody just ignores her. Not their problem. After a few seconds, I approach the lovely woman and ask is she needs a hand. Clearly flustered, she says ‘Yes, please! I don’t understand this wretched machines.’
I said not to worry, they can be a little tricky at times. I showed her which buttons to press and how to use her card to pay. I could feel the pressure of the anxious liner upers as I took the time to show her the steps. But soon enough she was on her way with ticket in hand and a smile on her face.
I took a brief look at the timetable as I took my place back in line. Darn I missed the train.
But it didn’t matter to me one bit. There would be another train.
What mattered was helping that lady.
I knew that simple gesture was small, but it mattered. And the smile and thank you she gave me at the end made for a great start to the day.
So this week I urge you to do something great or small for someone just because you can. Whether it be complimenting someone for their hard work, making and delivering a meal to someone you care about, smiling at a stranger on the street, or just being there for a friend in need.
All too often we get wrapped up in ourselves and forget about those around us. But every day is a chance to change. So lend a hand and help out in whatever way you can. It will enrich your life and brighten the day of those around you.
Here’s to a happy, helpful, week ahead!