Just witnessed a fellow male passenger offer his seat to every female passenger who entered the bus after he got on. He finally got a taker. What a gentleman! They still exist! Thanks for being a gentleman, sir, because even though women seek equal rights and responsibilities, it's still nice to be treated kindly.
"Every time we make the decision to love someone, we open ourselves to great suffering, because those we most love cause us not only great joy but also great pain. The greatest pain comes from leaving. When the child leaves home, when the husband or wife leaves for a long period of time or for good, when the beloved friend departs to another country or dies ... the pain of the leaving can tear us apart.
Still, if we want to avoid the suffering of leaving, we will never experience the joy of loving. And love is stronger than fear, life stronger than death, hope stronger than despair. We have to trust that the risk of loving is always worth taking." -Nouwen Thank you to my good friend J.L. for his seeming telepathy when posting for the public and for the knack for exceptional timing!
They don't know I'm racing, so maybe it isn't fair. But I race all the same. It gives me a focus. Something to strive for...and I'm just walking to and from work among the masses of NYC. I joke with my family that I'm waiting for the Olympic speed-walking coach to discover me (no, really, though, if you want to check out my skills let me know)!
I think it's entertaining to are how fast I can push my body to move. I even had a man stop me a few weeks ago to tell me I walk faster than everyone in NY (and if you've been here, and you secretly race people, you'll know this is a real accomplishment)! My biggest pride about this, though, is that I'm rushing to give myself more life...less time walking means earlier at work which isn't great because of the work part but because it means I can then speed race HOME, out of the craziness and the rat race to a wagging tail and a consoling smile. Secret-racing gives me more life! It gives me energy and physical exercise that others avoid by standing in lines for escalators (that's the easiest way to win the race, by the way). It makes me smile with delight at small accomplishments along my walk. It gives me more time doing what I want instead of standing in lines.
What's your fun confession?! Do you have anything that you don't tell people about that entertains you or that you do to make your life more positive?
After a tough commute home through the grime of Manhattan today, I wondered if humanity still exists, or if we're all robots. I guess you could say my question was answered by a situation that could easily have happened in the tunnels below me today...way to go human beings!
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