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Daraius: We’ve got a great team at Million Mile Secrets helping with posts. But I miss writing as much as I did in the old days! So here I am writing about stuff that I really care about (and which isn’t all miles-and-points related).
“That best portion of a good man’s life; His little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.” – William Wordsworth
I don’t like stereotyping people. At least that’s what I tell myself. After all, I feel uncomfortable, sad, and mad when folks – sometimes – make assumptions about me based on my darker skin or accent.
And if there’s one thing I believe very, very strongly, it’s that people are the same the world over. Sure, we may look different, and talk differently and eat differently and follow different religions.
But beneath the surface, we’re all human beings with the same human needs. We all want to love and be loved, to be accepted, to care for our families, to dream, to celebrate, to have fun and laugh, to be respected and understood. And be true to ourselves.
So I’m very embarrassed to say…
…I wasn’t expecting Icelanders to be as friendly as they were. Perhaps I had this expectation as a way to avoid feeling hurt & sad if I wasn’t able to connect with folks in Iceland? And what was I expecting? I was expecting them to be a bit “icy” and not very interested in talking to strangers.
Boy, was I wrong!!
The Icelanders I met were some of the most warm and friendly folks I have ever met while traveling! They bought me drinks, showed me where to get away from the tourists and have a more local experience, and made me feel like I was traveling with friends.
But I was most touched and warmed by this act of kindness.
It was a cold Wednesday morning as I walked to my car in Akureyri (Iceland’s 2nd largest city with a population of ~17,000).
I saw a piece of paper under the wiper and felt woeful that I had got a parking ticket. “Damn,” I muttered under my breath. Just what I need, right?
The piece of paper turned out to be a note from a kind stranger, wishing me a lovely day in his/her country!
It even had a cute bird sketched on it! How cool is that?!
I was extremely touched by this warm, friendly, and thoughtful gesture.
And I can’t help but smile and feel happy whenever I think of the stranger’s friendly note in Akureyri. Here’s a heartfelt thank you to the kind soul who left this note on my car!
In our busy world, it takes just 1 small gesture of kindness to put a smile on someone else’s face. And to connect with the humanity which binds us together.
It could be a note for a stranger, or helping someone who’s pondering over a map, or buying a homeless person a meal. Our actions can be the light in someone else’s day!