Perhaps it is cynical of me ... but I never cease to be amazed in the goodness of people in the world.
In a recent event, a family member left her purse on a bus ... with a lot of money in it. And it was returned; intact. We had both thought it gone for good.
Why were we surprised that it was returned? Well, wouldn't you be skeptical?
I told her that she now had to do something nice for a stranger today, to keep the good karma flowing.
Do we reap what we sow?
I had a different but positively humbling experience recently. I was at the NGV for the Monet exhibition (glorious and gorgeous it was too). I had gone there once before to try and get tickets; and the queue was miles long and the wait was hours.
So, I went home and came another day - and the queue was even longer. I must have looked so despondent because one of the attendants came to talk to me - and gave me a ticket - free - and let me in. I was gobsmacked. I also knew that I had to repay the good karma by doing something nice for someone. I hope I did enough.
I wonder, if we could start an avalanche of goodness ... if a small number of people decided to do something nice for a stranger ... and then the strangers repay it ... etc; whether we could get to the stage where, instead of being cynical about the goodness of people, we could generate trust.
It would be nice - wouldn't it?
Do something nice for a stranger today.
Start the 'revolution'!