Feeling very fortunate...

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Earlier I posted a whine, so now I'm balancing it out with something uplifting. There are some very nice people around where I live.

I just got some very upsetting, potentially life-altering news. (That's not the uplifting part, keep reading.) I needed to make some international phone calls, but (long story short) for that I had to go all the way downtown to use Skype at an internet cafe. Since I was too shaken up to even walk to the metro station, I caught a taxi. The driver noticed I was trying to keep from crying and asked what was wrong. I don't normally dump all my worldly problems on taxi drivers, but man was I glad he asked. Taxi drivers and bar tenders: the world's most underpaid psychiatrists.

Then when I made the phone call at the internet cafe, of course everyone around me could hear. As I was leaving, the cashier wished me good luck with everything.

After that, I thought I was calm enough to take the metro back home, but I wasn't. When I stopped to rest somewhere, a stopped taxi driver noticed me (I must have looked like heck) and asked if I'd like to sit in his car or if I needed a ride to the hospital (!). He was even going to take me home for free.

Anyway, he picked up another fare, a young couple who also noticed I looked pretty upset. The lady kindly listened while I explained everything and gave me a valerian tablet, too.

I was just so grateful for everyone who took the time to be kind to me. I live alone and don't know many people locally, so I really had no one to talk things over with. It's always been my personal policy not to just walk past someone who looks like they're in trouble. Sometimes all a person needs is to connect with another human being for a moment. That and you might meet interesting people. I found a stranded foreign tourist that way once.

So that's my happy story for today. Still got problems, but I feel less alone.
  • Profile picture of the author Jeff Burritt
    We humans are capable of both great and horrible deeds. Often, the most elegant are the deeds of kindness. May we so aspire.
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  • Profile picture of the author sutha
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    • Profile picture of the author rillpoll
      Originally Posted by sutha View Post

      find a friend .. do not live alone .. life is so wonderful for us to enjoy together with those we love
      nice suggestion !
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    Originally Posted by A.Green View Post

    I was just so grateful for everyone who took the time to be kind to me. I live alone and don't know many people locally, so I really had no one to talk things over with. It's always been my personal policy not to just walk past someone who looks like they're in trouble.
    Ah . . . karma! As I've often said, the good we do comes back to us, sometimes when we least expect it, sometimes when we need it most.

    It's not always as obvious as you experienced though! I wish you a speedy resolution to your problems.
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  • Profile picture of the author jakebvs85
    Some kinda song of Ariana Grande..."If you give a little then maybe we can change the world". Even a smile from a person who doesn't even know you will make you feel better, good to know that there are some people who give smile.
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  • Profile picture of the author A.Green
    Thanks for the replies, guys!

    do not live alone ..
    You're right. Everyone tells me this. I like privacy, but I don't like always being alone. I think when the lease for my current apartment is up, I might rent a room in a house or apartment with other people instead. It's cheaper and not so lonely.

    sometimes when we need it most.
    Well, karma or whatever it was, I certainly needed it yesterday.

    I'm a bit calmer today and better able to look for solutions, so...I'll be all right, I suppose.

    Thanks for taking the time to read.
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
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    I know how you feel. I have also lived alone. It's awesome most of the time, but some days you just need someone around. I'm glad that people showed empathy. A good big dose of global empathy could really straighten out most of what is wrong in today's world.

    Pay it forward.
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  • Profile picture of the author A.Green
    A good big dose of global empathy could really straighten out most of what is wrong in today's world.
    Amen.


    When I went downtown again today, I ran into the taxi driver who drove me home yesterday and he asked how I was. Actually, I didn't even see him at first. He called me over from his parked car. I was glad to be able to say I was doing a bit better. Nice of him to follow up. (Oh and by the way, I did pay for yesterday's ride. I just thought it was so kind of him to offer one for free.)
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