People In Your Neighborhood

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Never underestimate the distance that one simple act of kindness can carry you.
— Thurman P. Banks, Jr.
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Today’s Random Act of Kindness is brought to you by the letter ‘S’ as in Sesame Street.  When I was a kid, one of my favorite segments on that show was “These are the people in your neighborhood.”  For those who may not remember, the puppets and a guest star would talk about different types of people found around town like the postman, fireman, garbage collector, etc. Of course singing is involved and this tune is super catchy. If you’ve never heard the song (see video below) or need a refresher on the lyrics, here you go:

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“Oh, who are the people in your neighborhood? 
In your neighborhood? 
In your neighborhood? 
Say, who are the people in your neighborhood? 
The people that you meet each day.”

For some reason, that song popped in my head yesterday.  And I thought to myself “who are the people in my neighborhood? the people that I meet each day.”  Since I have a long commute to and from work, I rarely see any of my neighbors.  But there are two people that I see almost every day but have only exchanged a wave or a smile.  
 
During the week,  I drive through a gated community to avoid traffic with guardhouses at the entrance and exit. I wave hello in the morning to the first guard and at the end of the day, I wave goodbye to the second guard.  These people aren’t necessarily in my neighborhood, but they have an active role in my day to day life. What’s unique about this Sesame Street segment is that it awakens not only children but adults (i.e. me) to the fact that we all play a role in each other’s life and we should acknowledge and recognize one another for doing our part in society.

So for today’s Random Act of Kindness, I decided to go beyond my daily wave or smile and introduce myself and give both guards a Starbucks gift card along with a note that read “thanks for doing a great job!” How often do we hear those words?  And I’m not talking about at your 9-5.  In my yoga class, I say this often to my students, I tell them that they are doing a great job in life... as a mother, father, student, sister, brother, spouse, friend, etc.  Take time to acknowledge the roles you play and the roles that others play in your life because we all matter. We couldn’t do it alone.

OM the moment for your soul this week and do a Random Act of Kindness for someone in your neighborhood.  Look the person in the eye and say ‘thank you.”  I appreciate all of you for reading and please know that you are doing a great job.

I want to hear from you, leave your stories/comments/suggestions below.  Let’s  inspire each other.

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