Personal post with a smile

Sites and services like FB can allow people to take strength from each by sharing difficult times and happy times in their lives, so I thought I would add a happy one.

Having recently moved jobs, moved house with Martine Sheppard and our little J and dealing with the stress this can bring (and dealing with the fall out of possibly less than honest sellers!) I am also traveling 7+ hours a day at least twice a week to get into the office (essential at times when dealing with large scale projects) and my knee is giving me grief again. I know, I know … lose weight, light exercise, build up muscle strength and balance, etc … I am working on it.

This does mean that I am using my stick at times to get around. Partly to relieve the pressure on the leg and partly as protection to stop my leg getting bashed whilst crossing London.

And this is what restores a little bit more of my faith in human kind. A lot of us who have had to traverse London during rush hour have had good and bad journeys. The tube is busy and it is a fact of life. Yet, every time I get on the tube when using my stick there will be someone who offers me a seat. Since I only travel, at most, 4 stops before getting off and swapping to a different line there is actually little point in me sitting down but it really is appreciated. However, offerers always do it with a smile, usually a second look as if to say, “Are you sure?” and then another smile of acceptance. A smile in the morning or after a long day of work is a pleasure to experience.

I would consider making a log of how often this happens but I am terrible for things like that. I do think that it needs registering though, so all those who get a downer on human nature can think again.

Open to suggestions.

Anyway. I hope this also puts a smile on your face too … there are folk out there that are nice, helpful and for no apparent reason other than it is a good thing (TM).

One thought on “Personal post with a smile

  1. Gerald Haigh (@geraldhaigh1)

    Exactly my experience Tony. In my case it’s down to visible evidence of advancing years which brings out many small kindnesses from other people. Not long ago I tripped on a staircase and fell on the flat bit between two flights. I was OK, but lay there for a moment collecting myself and I have this memory of the noise of many feet as people rushed to help me. And I, too, get offers of a seat on the tube, complete with ‘Are you sure?’ What’s the saying — ‘The kindness of strangers’.

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