Tuesday, June 23, 2009

A small act of kindness???

Its amazing what a little kindness can do for your day…ok here is the story. I woke up this morning…
well lets say not in the best of moods. Work right now is driving me crazy and truth be known it has been keeping me in a very bad mood 24/7 for the last couple of weeks. (Long story…not going there) anyway I got ready, jumped on my motorcycle and off to work I went, dreading getting there the whole way. I make my turn down a little county road that takes me to the highway and what do I see…the railroad crossing arms
coming down and don’t you know it…I’m on the WRONG side of the tracks…AGAIN!!! (if you’re a long time reader I did a post awhile back about living on the wrong side of the tracks http://bigalscompound.blogspot.com/2008/11/living-on-wrong-side-of-track.html ) Ok back to the story…this is where the small act of kindness comes in…I was a good boy and stopped my bike at the crossing arms, the train was a couple hundred yards down the track just starting to move my way…normally this does not bother me at all, but already being in a bad mood I could feel the anger building up.

Then I looked up and saw the (not sure what you would call him) I’ll call him the engineer assistant

standing on the front of the train pointing at me telling me to go around the crossing arms before the train got there…and I did…breaking the law…breaking the law. As I turned on the highway that parallels the tracks I could then see that the train was long real long (it went on for miles) and was moving at a snail pace. I guess the guy on the train knew it was going to take awhile for it to pass and that’s why he motions me on through. I TOLD YOU IT WAS A SMALL ACT OF KINDNESS!!! I know, I know it sounds like nothing but it did make a difference in my day…here is how, as I was driving down the highway I was thinking to myself what a nice deed the man on the train had done for me…he had saved me at least a fifteen minutes wait…not to mention it was very hot outside.

I swear my mood started to change
as I was coming into downtown Hattiesburg…then it happen, a eighteen wheeler
merged into my lane without any warning…I had to gas the mighty V-Star 1100 to get around him before I became mush meat, only to look back to see the trucker swerve back to his original lane once he saw me pull in front of him…ok here is what is important about that, normally this would not bother be either (when I’m not in a bad mood) because I know the trucker did not see me, he was not trying on purpose to run me down (at least I hope not. Ha-ha) but IF I had still been in a bad mood as I was before the kind deed of guy on the train...well let's just say I’m sure I would had given the trucker a one finger salute and then I’m sure I would have gotten one back…well there is no telling what might of happen after that, Nothing good can ever happen from something like this…everyone in the end turns out to be a loser…

and all started over a simple mistake. (Scary at the time but still just a mistake)

So three cheers for the guy on the train for starting my day off right…and yea I’m doing my damnest to keep it going that way. Funny how a simple hand motion from a guy on a train can change your whole outlook for the day…I’m sure he never gave it a second thought…
Big Al


Mr. Motorcycle said...

A little chain reaction of kindness. Wonderful!

Lyn Hernandez said...

Awesome. I want to add that the itsy bitsy was very funny. Z-man & I found 2 while cleaning this morning. RIP to both.

mq01 said...

glad it turned out ok with the 18 wheeler too!!

springbaby said...

No act of kindness, no matter how small, goes unnoticed....I'm so glad you were hit by the kindness fairy today. Keep it going!

Lady Ridesalot said...

Pay it forward! Great post!

RazorsEdge2112 said...

Sometimes, that is all it takes; a simple, single act of kindness... To change a day, or change the world.

Pinky said...

yup, i agree - pay it forward!

Kellye, Chad, Hayden, and Sebastian said...

Just a thought...are you working out anymore? When I don't, bad days surely show their face more and more than normal! Just sayin! I'm glad that the day turned out better though and hope you paid it forward!

IowaHarleyGirl (Stephanie) said...

YAY! I love it when people do random acts of kindness! Glad you received one! I love the don't worry be happy song...it reminds me of my Dad! He used to love that song.

Canajun said...

It really takes so little, and can make such a change to a fellow traveller's day. Yet so few of us will perform a random act of kindness when the opportunity presents itself. Kudos to the engineer guy for knowing that.

GYMONR said...

MR MOTORCYCLE: yea a chain of kindness

LYN HERNANDEZ: only good spider is a dead spider. Ha-ha.

MQ01: me toooooo!!!

SPRINGBABY: you said fairy.ha-ha

LADY RIDESALOT: I did, hope it works out for the next guy.

RAZORSEDGE2112: The world could be a much better place with a little kindness.

PINKY: I’ve paid it forward two days in a row now.

KELLYE: I think you hit the nail on the head, I need to get back to working out…let’s give the girl a golden cookie!!!

IOWAHARLEYGIRL: Yea I was almost afraid to use that song…it sticks in your head BAD!!!

CANAJUN: Yea sooo little…three cheers for the engineer guy!!!

Thanks for the comments
Big Al

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