Today started off as just one of those days. I had an 8am therapy appointment scheduled in the morning, so I woke up an hour before to get ready. I had a late night and didn’t get enough sleep therefore I was already off to a bad start. I took my time struggling to get out of my bed, putting on multiple layers (because it is freezing here in Boston), washing my face and getting ready for the day. Before I knew it, it was ten minutes before my appointment and I had yet to even call a cab.
Nothing makes me more anxious than being late. So of course, once I noticed the time I booked it out of the house, got in a cab and was on my way. We managed to avoid any traffic, so I was only 5 minutes late to my session. I had a much needed session after not having one for a while due to the holidays, but it kind of left me feeling “blah”. Like I said – it just seemed like one of those days.
As I was leaving, I realized I forgot my phone at home. GREAT. I had to wait for a cab that my therapist called for me, because his office is in the middle of nowhere. Twenty minutes later, the cab arrived. At this point, I was half asleep and desperate for a cup of coffee. Within seconds of being in the cab, I realized that he didn’t have a card machine, and had I had zero cash – so we had to go off route to stop at an ATM. Tony, the cab driver, was very chatty and nice and usually I enjoy talking to cab drivers like that. However I was hardly in the mood to do so this morning. Before Tony picked me up, he stopped by a diner to get coffee and some muffins.. which, I’ll admit, made his car smell like heaven. He offered me a piece of his muffin and I kindly declined – for obvious sanitary reasons (I’m a huge germaphobe). When he pulled over to let me run into the ATM, I noticed he stopped the meter which I appreciated. That was the first of the many kind things Tony did for me during the rest of the cab ride.
After the ATM stop, I mentioned how badly I needed a cup of coffee. He immediately stopped his meter again, and pulled over to a diner we were passing by. He turned around, gave me two dollars, and insisted that I go in and buy myself a cup of the “best coffee in Cambridge”. I was a little apprehensive at this point.. should I let a cab driver buy me a cup of coffee? Why is he being so generous? Although I thought it seemed slightly sketchy, he managed to convince me. He told me to go in there, get a cup of coffee, and tell Peter that Tony says hello. So I did. Peter responded to me by telling me what a great guy Tony is and that he often brings his passengers in here to buy them a coffee.
I got back in the car and thanked him as I took a sip of my coffee, which was damn good. Then, Tony began to tell me about how he always tries to makes someones day by doing random acts of kindness. He told me that I would be surprised by the amount of people who are sketched out by it, and I immediately felt a little guilty since I felt that way at first. He continued to tell me about how much he wished people were kinder to each other without expectations, and went on to tell me about some of the many stories he had about his random acts of kindness.
One, in particular, I loved and wanted to share on my blog. He told me he picked up an old lady who told him in conversation that her cat just died that week and she was so heartbroken. Tony convinced the lady that the only way to help the grieving process of a pet is to give another one a new life and he insisted he would bring her to the pound, free of charge, wait for her to adopt another cat, and then take her home. He said he waited on her for an hour and sure enough, she adopted a new cat and ended up naming her Toni. He also said that for the past year, she has mailed him photos of Toni every month. The story just really warmed my heart, and I ended up telling him that there should be more people like him in the world and that was about to be the inspiration behind a new blog post! He truly turned my day around.
Let’s all try to be more like Tony.
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted”