#49 Hold the door open for a stranger.

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!!!





  1. My act of kindness today is to give you Octopus Hugz and a huge Dolphin Grin for your heartfelt acts of kindness. Seems to be getting easier for you, as time goes on. (Will she go on to do 730 days?)
    PS-You do realize, this is a Leap Year?

    • Oh no! I forgot it was a leap year. Too late to change domain names now…ha-ha.

  2. It’s so strange, holding the door open is such a small thing to do for others but it’s so appreciated. I make it a point to hold open doors whenever possible because I get pretty annoyed when that one jackass slams the door in my face and I don’t want to be that person.

    • It totally is. I’ve actually noticed in the last few days people holding doors for me more often!

      Maybe some good karma kicking in. 🙂

    • Thank you – much appreciated! 🙂

      I’m actually planning on reverting back to being an asshole at the end of the year. (Just kidding!)

      I’m trying not to think that far ahead. I wasn’t even sure I would get this far when I started, so who knows what the future holds?

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