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Sensitive to a smile

on Wednesday, 21 August 2013. Posted in Our News, Reasons to live, work and play in Manawatu, News for Employees, Thumbs Up, Recruitment News

The power of an act of kindness

Sensitive to a smile

Driving to work this morning I saw a simple act that provoked a quick thought on the power of random kindness and the huge impact of the unspoken word.

 Let me explain;

I hit a set of traffic lights this morning and casually looked at the car to my left - obviously annoyed at the huge imposition of the 30 to 60 second delay in their travelling time ;-)

Then the lights changed from Red to Green and I was set to turn right - as were the cars coming the other way were set to turn left.

Looking to the right I saw a partially able person negotiating crossing the road in their mobility chair/cart (I hope that is the correct phrase). The problem was they were not on a controlled crossing and the lights were not in their favour.

The car turning left - acknowledged the person heading towards them, smiled and waved them on - waiting for them to cross their path during most of the green light.

Then we both completed our turns after the traveller had crossed the road safely.

My thoughts after watching this:

  • How easy is it to show random kindness rather than get upset at a 30 second traffic delay?
  • And thumbs up to the driver who acknowledged, smiled and waved the person on


It also made me reflect on the stress job applicants go through when they interview - spare a thought for the next person you interview, show you are a real person and share a smile and a welcome handshake - it may well make you the best interviewer they encounter.

If you want to feel a bit the same - feel free to listen to a bit of Kiwiana HERB's "sensitive to a smile".

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