Spread love, it’s the Brooklyn way.

[Note: I wrote this last week and just found it in the mess that is my desktop. Oops. Anywho, too lazy to edit dates but you get the point.]

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Every once in a while my faith in humanity is restored. Today was one such day. And it also served as a reminder that a simple act of kindness really can have a far-reaching effect on people.

This morning on the way to the park with Baxter I remembered I didn’t bring water (my memory is an entirely different post; if I remember to write it) so I stopped in the neighborhood market. I asked if I could buy a cup with water – this is kind of a mini Whole Foods type joint so they only have fancy water on the shelves (he’s fancy, but not that fancy) – and the guy looked at me, said he’d be right back, and then brought me a pint of water. For free! No purchase necessary (I bought a coffee anyway)! Amazing.

Fast-forward to the dog park, where Baxter was quickly punk’d by a big sweet playful dog who wanted his ball. After a few minutes it was clear that the other dog loved the ball more than Baxter so we continued on our way through the park. About 10 minutes later I heard a lady screaming – like she was trying to get someone’s attention, not like she was in trouble, mind you – and when I turned around I saw the other dog’s owner running our way. With Baxter’s ball. “I was finally able to get your ball back!” WHAT?! When does that happen?!

While both of these incidents might seem small in the grand scheme of things, it’s stuff like this that tugs at my heartstrings and makes me think that people are (usually?) inherently good. Granted, there are most definitely some nutjob crazies out there, but there are also a lot of really good people in this world. I think, thanks in large part to the media (love you, reporter friends!), we see so much of the bad that we tend to forget about all of the little random acts of kindness that happen every day. And they matter. A lot.

So next time you’re out and about and see someone who needs a helping hand, or a mom who needs help getting a stroller up/down stairs, or [insert any number of things here], remember that what you can do for someone else in, oh, 15 seconds, could truly turn their day around.

Go on now and be good to each other.

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