It’s that time of the year again. November has snuck up on us and the Christmas
and other festive stock has flooded department store shelves. It’s already becoming impossible to find parking spots
at the mall.
I’m not here to rant about how commercialized the world has become around
the Holiday seasons. I’m here writing this article to let you know that there is still some good old fashion kind hearted
people left in this world during the Holiday Season. People who aren’t arguing over who’s child deserves the last
Furby that’s in stock more (1998 anyone?).
The other week while waiting a long boring 3 hours at the mall for my parental
unite to come pick me up, I was sitting in the food court eating a raspberry frozen yogurt.
I sat at an empty table by
my-self reading my recently purchased Vanity Fair magazine with Johnny Depp on the front cover. While I was sitting
there reading an article in the magazine trying not to drip frozen yogurt on it, I noticed out of the corner of my eye a woman
nearing my table. I glanced up and she gave a huge grin and waved a little. I grinned back in a very confused manner and started
scanning my brain to see if I knew this woman from somewhere. She didn’t look familiar to me at all.
She sat down
and said “Hi, mind if I join you? I saw you over here eating your frozen yogurt by your self and thought I’d keep
a fellow dread head company.” [This was, keep in mind before I had combed and chopped out my locked up hair] She
was probably in her early forties and had dreads that were a dark brown in colour, 6 years old and were down to her mid back
even when pulled up. Her and I spoke for 45 minutes about lots of things, from movies, angry Christmas shoppers, frozen
yogurt flavours, and plenty more. I noticed she kept glancing at her watch, but not in an impatient or irritated way
like she wanted to leave me or found me annoying. It turned out she was waiting for a cab to come pick her up. She got up
and asked if I was a hugger. I didn’t really hear her the first time she asked so I asked her to repeat and she said
“Are you a hugger? Do you like hugs?” I perked up and replied cheerfully “Yes! I’m a hugger.”
And she left me with a hug and said “Bye new friend. I hope your life is wonderful.”
It was probably the most
fantastic experience in my life. A woman with no knowledge what so ever about me, came over with an open mind and open heart
to sit and talk to some one. It’s really quite splendid how much one simple kind person can change your attitude
and affect you in a way that makes you smile. The positive energy that was flowing was simply nothing more or less than fantastic.
If everyone in the world just gave a little smile to let them know they were beautiful
I guarantee it would make their day.
So I encourage you all during these next few months when stress levels are flying
high and tempers are running short, to put a little bit of your love in some ones day by just a simple friendly gesture. You
don’t even have to stop and talk to some one for 45 minutes, a simple smile and hello would most likely be just enough.
Spread a little love this Holiday Season.