Caught in the act (of doing that little bit more..)

A few days ago I shared a video on my Facebook page because I loved its positive idea of people being caught on camera in the act of empathy, or at least being nice to each other. Then I discovered it was an ad for CocaCola with the advertising bits removed from the end. Double cynicism! Not only was I misled into thinking someone with video footage cared about people being nice to each other, but, worse than that, someone had made the video in order to sell Coke.

This morning I watched as the man who sweeps the paths every day dealt with two heavy boxes that someone had dumped on the pavement overnight.

He could have swept around them and left them there. But no, he carried them across the road to where they will be picked up by a dustbin lorry (garbage truck) later in the day. He’s no youngster and that box was very heavy. I think his act should be celebrated and I am pleased my camera was to hand.

Then he went back to sweeping up the leaves, and the cigarette ends people drop outside every doorway, the coffee cups, and the rest of the stuff we drop behind us without thinking about who might be clearing it up.

2 Responses to “Caught in the act (of doing that little bit more..)”
  1. What a great ideato catch people doing something good for others!
    A colleague told me a brilliant example the other day. She was travelling home at peak time on the London Overground, the train was full, the people were weary. A toddler suddenly started a tantrum, whining endlessly and loud. A woman opposite her wearing traditional African dress observed the child for a few minutes as it continued to wail. She then got up and went over to where he and his hapless mother were sitting. My colleague was worried about what was about to happen. What did happen is that the woman broke into a traditional African song and began to dance in front of the child and startled him into silent delight. She carried on singing and dancing until sh was presumable sure his tantrum was done and when she finally stopped the carriage erupted into appreciative applause. Not your typical approach to a screaming child. Not your typical London Overground journey! transformed by an act of random empathy.

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