Let’s face it, the world is a huge mess right now: backlash against the police, non-peaceful protesting, shootings, hostage situations, and on… Luckily for me, I feel like spending time in Singapore has restored my belief in kindness and humanity.
Having time away from NYC and being able to spend time getting to know some new communities reminded me that there are places that can be peaceful, even in a large urban center.
My belief in the kindness of people has been stored…
How refreshing for a government agent to understand your circumstance and try to make things a little easier for you by giving you a few extra minutes at the counter to get your things together.
How lovely that people can just wait patiently in comfy chairs for their numbers to pop up on the screen at the post and government offices.
How peacefulness watching traffic flow without the constant blowing of horns.
How novel having a cashier that actually smiles and greets you because she enjoys her job.
How deliberate people are to leave the particular seats open on the train for people who really need them.
How calm a crowd can be, ensuring that everyone is enjoying themselves.
Of course I’m not saying there is no kindness in New York; it just seems few and far between when you go to a place where it’s so prevalent. Now that I’m back in the city, I’ll look be looking more diligently for that kindness. I want to keep my restored belief in people. But when I feel that belief diminishing, I will be the kindness and humanity, in the hopes that it will restore other’s belief in it too.