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Faith in humanity restored

Last weekend, I was in Krabi Island, Thailand. Now, before I share with you the beauty and adventures of my trip, I want to share one incident of kindness.
On the car ride to our kayak tour, we were halted in our progress when another car was having trouble reversing out of the drive way of the hotel. Within 10 second, the local Thai sitting in the passenger seat of our car, got out and helped direct the other car. It took about a minute, and no one was angry, no one was flustered and no one’s day was ruined.

A small gesture. So simple, it’s almost common sense.

Now, why am I bringing this up?

Because in many big cities, which I have lived in and traveled to, this would not have happened. Instead, what would have followed, is a lot of yelling and honking.

Kindness is so uncommon in a city, that when something like this occurs, I notice. We may encounter hundreds of strangers in a day. People we may never meet again. So why bother being nice to them? Why not?

I’m sad to say, that I’ve encountered more kindness from strangers when I am in a traveling in a third world country than a first world country. Our sparkling lives, do not make us better people.

Be kind to one another.

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