While making a mad dash through Toronto’s PATH to a meeting this morning, juggling two overflowing Starbucks cups, my laptop and cellphone, I weaved my way through the morning crowds behind a young suit. A few steps ahead of me, he passed through the oncoming doors, took a quick glance back to gauge the distance between us and promptly let the door slam in my face.
It took everything in me not to chase this man with very questionable manners down to give him a piece of my mind. But I was wearing pumps. And still cradling two coffee cups that were now spilling down my arms (#winningatlife).
Instead, I decided to make a point of holding the door open for others throughout the day. I zip between several buildings regularly – bouncing from meeting to meeting – so this ended up being at least a dozen door holds in a few short hours.
And you know that? Each time I held the door open, it resulted in a genuine smile and thank you. Which is a pretty big deal in the financial district where everyone seems to be a BlackBerry-wielding, resting-bitch-face suit in a hurry. (Except for me, of course. I’m awesome. My bitch face is reserved only for special occasions.)
Total Kindness Cost: $0
Quick tangent: I cannot believe this is #49. And although writing these posts and responding to comments and emails takes a fair bit of effort, what continues to surprise me is how little time it takes to actually execute on these acts.
At the risk of sounding preachy, these really are little things that anyone can incorporate into their day. I encourage all of you to go out and perform a random act today! And then come tell me about it. Ready, set, go!!!