While leaving a business this evening, a small child (maybe 3 or 4 yrs old) was spinning around, probably dancing to the tune in her head. She was in her own little world and she was happy. She didn't see me and bumped into my leg. When she realized what happened she had a look of fear on her face. Her mom immediately apologized for her. My reply was "That's okay". I continued to walk out and that was the end of it. Then when I got back in my car I thought about what just happened. Why did that girl look so scared? Why did her mom feel she owed me an apology? I know I must look like a menacing figure to a little girl and maybe the mom thought I would be angry. Of course that couldn't be further from the truth. The truth is I saw that moment as being touched by an angel. That little girl made me realize that we all could make a better effort at saying hello to strangers and smile more often. It's our world to live in, let's make it a happier place to be. A little girl should never be afraid because she was dancing in her world no matter who she bumps into.
Waiting in the lobby at a restaurant and a seat opens. Me and another guy head for it at the same time. I offer it up and he declines. His comment: "It's ok. I'll stand. I'm young." Most people might be offended. My thought was "Thats right. You better recognize."