Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Wednesday's Weekly Welldoers

It's the middle of the week, and I'm already feeling the weekend more than ever.  I'm not sure if something is in the air or what, but everyone around me seems like they need a break.  With all the negative energy and tenseness floating around, sitting down to reflect on feel-good moments full of helpfulness, compassion, friendliness, and joy from the past week sure helps to lighten the mood!

Something I've Done to Help Out Others:
  • It's that time again; classes are now in session.  This week, my brother has joined the last of the college kids to continue on their quest towards a degree.  As a previous commuter to school, myself, I understand how tiring commuting can be - rushing out of the house, running to catch the train, watching the train doors mockingly close as you use the last of your strength to huff and puff yourself up the staircase...Since our schedules coincide now and I need to be at work a little after his train arrives to carry him off to the city, I have been leaving earlier than usual (and I'm not a morning person so I'm really trying!) in order to take him to the train so that he doesn't have to walk all the way to the station.  Hopefully, this is a token of appreciation for all of the times he had picked me up from the train station when I arrived home exhausted!  I get to spend a little more time with him in the morning, as well, so there is an added plus of his company. :)
A Moment Where I've Witnessed a Person Help Another: 
  • Outside of my workplace, a single dad who lives in a nearby condo can be seen almost daily hanging around his kids, playing with them, walking with them, and transporting them to their multitude of activities.  His kids are so well behaved, and you can just sense the wonderful, strong connection between all of them whenever they pass by with their smiling, laughing faces.  As this man was running by one morning, he stopped to stretch.  My boss ran out of the office and flagged him down just to compliment him on his wonderful relationship with his kids.  She simply wanted to let him know that she notices that he is a truly loving, hardworking father.  It is so heartwarming to not only witness someone go out of their way to offer a compliment, but it is also refreshing to know that people pay attention to positive actions of others.  You never know who is watching, so your well-doings can surely inspire another person! 
A Moment Where Someone Has Helped Me:
  • For about the thousandth (just a slight exaggeration) time, I received a parking ticket for not moving my car on time.  Although the lady at city hall taking care of me had absolutely no control over my ticket besides taking my payment, I vented and explained how I couldn't leave work on time to move my car (I was only 35 minutes over the time limit...urg!) since I had to tend to the patients in the office as I was the sole employee in at the time.  Rather than ignoring me and shooing the annoying complainer away (as she easily could have done...I probably sounded pathetic!), she urged me to try and contest the ticket, as the most the officers could say was no.  She found some paper and offered it to me so I could write the letter then and there.  I have to wait 2-3 weeks until I find out whether or not I can be let off the hook just this once, but in either case, I really appreciate this lady patiently listening to me and taking the time to try and find a way to help my situation.  Fingers crossed!

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