Stranger, I ♥ you
My friend was traveling on an overnight coach from London today. It was a long journey – over seven hours in then end, so there was a lot of ‘bonding’ time with the fellow passengers. By turn they were chatty or quiet, trying to sleep or accepting of the fact that it just wasn’t going to happen. By the end of the journey, they were all on relatively friendly terms.
As they were disembarking, one of them gave my friend a little gift saying simply, “Good luck with the rest of your journey.”
It’s a paper good luck charm, and one side is written
“Achieve your potential!
17 Words for Success
Believe Love Listen
Trust Prepare Persist
Pray Change Choose
Accept Act Smile
Focus Forgive Wait
and on the other
Love Patient Gentleness Self-control
Faithful Kind Joy Peace Goodness
I wanted to blog about it because it feels like every day we’re fed messages of fear and hate about strangers (our fellow man), and here is someone who has confounded that message. People are people the world over. Some are not the types you’d want to hang around with too much, but most of us are pretty similar. And some even feel moved to share kindnesses with perfect strangers.
Thank you, stranger.