Smile Ticket

By Christian Duell

Hi, it’s Christian! I’m covering for Sarah this week who is taking a well-deserved break. When Sarah gave me the brief to pull out a Random Act of Awesome that I had encountered recently, I started to think about what the RAOA is all about.

And I recalled that great quote from Carl Jung:

“The sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.”

I love this quote, because it reminds me that all it takes sometimes is a small act of kindness (or awesomeness) to snap us all out of our little bubbles and feel alive again.

And so my RAOA story this week comes from a little gesture from my local bus driver.

I catch the bus to work most days and one day a couple of months ago I was running late and didn’t have time to add credit to my Go Card. I jumped on the bus a little frustrated that I’d have to pay the full fare by purchasing a paper ticket (first world problem I know, but public transport is seriously expensive in Brisbane!). So I handed over my cash a little begrudgingly, and the bus driver quietly handed me my ticket.

As I fumbled to find a seat and to put the ticket in my pocket I noticed there was another small slip of paper in my hand that wasn’t my ticket. I looked down and found this note:

Be Awesome

Ha! What a Random Act of Awesome! This totally brought a smile to my face. What’s so cool about this little gesture is the ripple effect that it had on everyone that I came in contact with that day (and now as I share the story with you). I shared it with the person sitting next to me on the bus and I showed it to everyone at work that day and it brought a smile to everyone’s face!

Such a simple act, but such a massive impact.

You’re awesome Mr Bus Driver! can you instigate a small, Random Act of Awesome in your day today?


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