Imagine you are schlepping a bulbous suitcase down the stairs in New York’s Penn Station on Christmas Eve, squeezing through hundreds of stressed travelers to board the train for DC. Imagine you’re sweaty and cold at the same time, irritable and achy, overwhelmed and jostled, when suddenly:
Look to the left to see the conductor who greeted us!
People of the world, how can you NOT smile upon seeing such a sweet smile, shiny smooth head, and iridescent red bow on top???
My “little” brother (you know, the 6’6″ one) turned to me with a grin and laughed, “This just goes to show how a small gift can make a big difference!”
And so as 2010 draws to a close and 2011 beckons our New Year’s resolutions, let’s remember this: with new and different actions come new and different outcomes. It IS worthwhile to dive into something you’ve never done before (you know, like put a jolly Christmas bow on your head for 1,000 people to see), because tiny gestures have power to create great joy!
Big thanks to Kevin K. of Amtrak for allowing me to photograph his pretty bow, and gratitude to Amtrak for employing such delightful folks.
The author, Lillie Marshall, is 6-foot-tall National Board Certified Teacher of English, fitness fan, and mother of two who has been a public school educator since 2003. She launched Around the World “L” Travel and Life Blog in 2009, and over 3.7 million readers have now visited this site. Lillie also runs TeachingTraveling.com and DrawingsOf.com. Subscribe to her monthly newsletter, and follow @WorldLillie on social media!