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I spy joy in a helping hand

A helping hand

Driving home from work yesterday I saw a wonderful act of kindness between strangers.  Sitting at a light in the 97 degree heat I noticed the car next to me had its hazard lights flashing.  I let out a sympathetic “bummer”.

My sympathy soon turned to awe as the car in front of me pulled ahead of the stalled vehicle and stopped.  The driver and passenger got out, the passenger got in the driver’s seat and the driver came back to the stalled vehicle and said something to the people in it. The passenger of the stalled car got out and the two men stood behind the car until the light turned green, then they began to push. They got the car through the light and off to the side of the road, where the first car was waiting for them.

It made me feel so good I couldn’t help but smile and wave.  And quickly take this photo with my phone.

It’s so nice to see a kind act between strangers.  And it reminded me that such kindness is more common than we think.  In fact, it happens all the time.  We just aren’t always right there to see it.  When we are fortunate enough to witness kindnesses in the moment it’s a really good idea to pay close attention to them, and soak up all the goodness you can.  I truly believe it has more anti-oxidant powers than blueberries and acai combined, squared and then squared again.

Wheatgrass, step aside.

July 9, 2010   1 Comment

I spy joy in a sun flower car

Sun Flower Car

Sun flowers (joy).

Painted on a car (joy, joy).

Seen on a rainy day (joy, joy, joy).

February 26, 2010   No Comments

I spy joy in a custom paint job

Custom Paint Job

Custom Paint Job

I am attracted to unique and unusual things.  Take this car, for example.  The custom paint job is so unusual that it’s incredibly difficult not to notice it.

I wouldn’t exactly call this pretty.  And if I could have a custom paint job on my vehicle this isn’t the one I’d choose.  But these things are neither here nor there. I like this car because it’s different–it has character.

Character makes me smile.

Character is bold.  Character doesn’t give a flying yahoo who approves or doesn’t approve. Character is true, and truth takes courage.

It brings me joy to know there are people among us who possess the gumption to express themselves so openly.

I think there may be hope for us yet.

September 27, 2009   No Comments

I spy joy in bumper stickers

I love to see what sentiments people feel strongly enough about to put on their bumpers. Sometimes I’m amazed at what you can learn about the person driving merely by reading a handful of words.

Here’s one I wouldn’t mind having on my car.

July 25, 2009   No Comments