I’d like to make a mid-year resolution.
I resolve to go against the New York City stereotype.
I was sitting at dinner with some coworkers a few nights ago. One asked me why I was so reserved. He pictured New Yorkers as boisterous, obnoxious and rude hooligans. While I’ll admit there are a few bad apples, we’re all not like that. No siree.
And I for one would like to go out there and prove it.
- I resolve to open doors for parents pushing baby carriages into stores.
- I resolve to help elderly ladies across busy streets.
- I resolve to give up me seat on the subway and bus for others.
- I resolve to smile randomly at people.
- I resolve to apologize if I accidentally bump into someone.
- I resolve to say “Thank you” to waitresses, waiters, and any other public servants who help me.
- I resolve to withhold judgment based upon physical appearance.
- I resolve to give compliments without solicitation or hesitation.
Doing this alone is fine, but it isn’t going to change the New Yorker stereotype anytime soon. So I’m going to need a way to spread this resolution.
One night, while feeling in a particularly good mood, I reached into my wallet and gave a homeless gentleman all of the dollar bills I had. It turned out to be seven dollars.
He thanked me copiously and asked me what he could do for me. I told him that the best way to thank me was to go do something nice to someone else. I don’t know if he took my suggestion, but I like to imagine that he did.
Hopefully, these good deeds will spread, with each person telling other people to spread the good deeds. And before you know it, we’ll have a whole city of shiny, happy people.
What is your mid-year resolution?