A Sweet Lesson on Patience

(Shared this from my good mate Meg via Daily Transformations.  Thanks lub!)

A NYC Taxi driver wrote:

I arrived at the address and honked the horn. After waiting a few minutes I honked again. Since this was going to be my last ride of my shift I thought about just driving away, but instead I put the car in park and walked up to the door and knocked.. ‘Just a minute’, answered a frail, elderly voice. I could hear something being dragged across the floor.

After a long pause, the door opened. A small woman in her 90’s stood before me. She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned on it, like somebody out of a 1940’s movie.

By her side was a small nylon suitcase. The apartment looked as if no one had lived in it for years. All the furniture was covered with sheets.  There were no clocks on the walls, no knickknacks or utensils on the counters. In the corner was a cardboard box filled with photos and glassware. ‘Would you carry my bag out to the car?’ she said. I took the suitcase to the cab, then returned to assist the woman. She took my arm and we walked slowly toward the curb.

She kept thanking me for my kindness. ‘It’s nothing’, I told her.. ‘I just try to treat my passengers the way I would want my mother to be treated.’ ‘Oh, you’re such a good boy, she said. When we got in the cab, she gave me an address and then asked, ‘Could you drive through downtown?’ ‘It’s not the shortest way,’ I answered quickly.. ‘Oh, I don’t mind,’ she said. ‘I’m in no hurry. I’m on my way to a hospice. I looked in the rear-view mirror. Her eyes were glistening. ‘I don’t have any family left,’ she continued in a soft voice..’The doctor says I don’t have very long.’ I quietly reached over and shut off the meter. ‘What route would you like me to take?’ I asked.

For the next two hours, we drove through the city. She showed me the building where she had once worked as an elevator operator. We drove through the neighborhood where she and her husband had lived when they were newlyweds She had me pull up in front of a furniture warehouse that had once been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a girl. Sometimes she’d ask me to slow in front of a particular building or corner and would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing.

As the first hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she suddenly said, ‘I’m tired.Let’s go now’. We drove in silence to the address she had given me. It was a low building, like a small convalescent home, with a driveway that passed under a portico. Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we pulled up. They were solicitous and intent, watching her every move. They must have been expecting her. I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to the door. The woman was already seated in a wheelchair.

How much do I owe you?’ She asked, reaching into her purse. ‘Nothing,’ I said ‘You have to make a living,’ she answered. ‘There are other passengers,’ I responded. Almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug.She held onto me tightly. ‘You gave an old woman a little moment of joy,’ she said. ‘Thank you.’ I squeezed her hand, and then walked into the dim morning light.. Behind me, a door shut.It was the sound of the closing of a life..

I didn’t pick up any more passengers that shift. I drove aimlessly lost in thought. For the rest of that day,I could hardly talk.What if that woman had gotten an angry driver,or one who was impatient to end his shift? What if I had refused to take the run, or had honked once, then driven away?

On a quick review, I don’t think that I have done anything more important in my life. We’re conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments, but great moments often catch us unaware-beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one.

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San Diego Fireworks: Now that’s what I call “Short and Sweet!!!” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrPCEubDZ9A

Higgs Bosom Particle

If the Higgs Bosom particle has been discovered, it can be compared to The Eagle landing on The Moon – http://dld.bz/b76nA

Tim, The Denver Broncos are a team, Not Just You!

Hey Tim, when you go out there today with your 52 teammates, would you please embrace the offensive weapons at your disposal? You don’t have to carry the whole team on your shoulders: Let the team protect you and give you the precious seconds you need to get off screens to Decker or Thomas against the #1 pass defense. Let the O-Line open up holes for McGahee. Give the new guy Johnson the ball in short-yardage situations since he’s familiar with the option offense. You don’t have to run every play. You don’t have to slam head-first against defenders in lieu of sliding like other QBs do when you do have to run. You don’t have to throw deep or make huge plays. Your fans will be satisfied with going 10 yards every 3 plays against the Steelers top-ranked defense, eating up the clock, and scoring just enough to compensate for your defense. Give them enough rest to be 100% as they go up against Big Ben despite his injury and Mendenhall being out. Don’t let the team and city down by making rookie mistakes. Trust those around you to back you up. Utilize your offensive resources before it’s too late! Win as a team! Win as we know The Denver Broncos can win! Don’t let Pittsburgh come in OUR HOUSE and embarrass the team and the City of Denver. Fight for you legion of fans who lobbied for you to start.

Denver Broncos vs. Kansas City Chiefs or Tebow vs. Orton?

For Week 17 at Invesco Field at Mile High, do you think that it’s going to be a battle for Denver to beat Kansas City and win the AFC West Division, or is it a grudge match between Kyle Orton (who was the QB for Denver the first 5 weeks of the season) versus Tim Tebow who took the job from him and has gone 6-3 since?  We’ll see.  To read more info about this upcoming matchup, click HERE.

Social Media in the Philippines

I found it interesting that in an area of the world such as Asia, it’s The Philippines that is literally “front and center” in terms of social media usage.  According to the article “Social Media Front & Center in Manila” (written by Roger Strukhoff), Filipinos send up to “2 billion texts sent per day, the highest percentage of Facebook users in the world, a Twitter audience of 4 million that’s growing rapidly-all.”  With statistics like these, there should be a large audience to take advantage of business implications.

Let’s take a look at this for a moment.  With the amount of social media usage stemming from this country of 90 million, businesses have got to have had an influence in the aforementioned statistics.  Being used in conjunction with a product or service that they’re trying to market on social media networks such as Twitter, Facebook, and Google+, this tactic seems to be an effective way to get the message out.

To My Dad…

My Dad and I at Sears, Nanuet Mall, Nanuet, NY 1977

My Dad & I - Sears, Nanuet, NY 1977

 

Please Pops:  Please help me “see the sun again.”  It pains me so much that you’re gone

 


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