nice great success…

“nice great success…”

What wonderful words to see first thing on my trek around the Cooper River. I thought to myself, “Wow! It’s so awesome to see such a positive message coming from today’s graffiti artists!” But then I made the mistake of Googling the words to see what came up…

nice

Borat…I loathe him. He is the most disgustingly foul and negative little man that ever flashed across a movie screen. Choosing to pretend I never looked it up, I’d rather continue believing there are people out there creating random acts of artistic kindness who want to help the world around them feel good about life once in awhile…

Otherwise, the graffiti wall has grown layers of colorful messages over the summer…

…an old dying tree had a few things to say before it goes – tree hieroglyphics, perhaps…

…and my shadow decided to climb the dead tree…

Overall, it was a nice little ride on a beautiful blue-sky day.

 

Thinking about random acts of kindness, I had a discussion with one of the owners of the local liquor store about truth, honesty and idealism. This particular friend loves to play with my naivete. One of the first conversations I had with him, he told me he was on his fifth wife and had a multitude of children from various different women – and I “believed” him (he’s been married to the same woman for decades and they have three kids together). Over the past eight years, I’ve “learned” to take whatever he says with a grain of salt. Our discussion began with him showing me a “cheap $3.99 a bottle kosher rose wine” he just got in and said was “the best one I’ve ever had.” His greatest gift is that he can bull shit like no other and keep a completely straight face – that’s when he catches me. And, of course, he loves laughing at my gullibility and lets me off the hook (mostly because I’m probably his best customer). I explained to him of my belief that most human beings are decent, honest people, to which he mockingly chuckled and proceeded to show me a video of the guy who tried to rip off the store last night. I was surprised when he told me how often it happens – hence his belief that most people are stupid and dishonest. I get it – as a social worker and a lawyer, I and the hubby worked with some truly horrible human beings, leaving us both very cynical about the world around us. But then he started to tell me about the Hurricane Harvey donation drive he volunteered with until late last night. To the point of tears, he told me how overwhelmingly generous people were in helping the victims in Texas – hundred and thousands of dollars worth of items filling two whole semi-trailer trucks! That’s when I asked him again about how sure he was that most human beings aren’t good…and he conceded…random acts of kindness strikes again!

Reminds me of the time my father gave money to a homeless man outside a local Shop Rite store. Dad decided to play spy when the man went into the store, so he could see what the money would be spent on…a package of Oreos. Dad approached the man, told him he was going to buy him lunch, took him to the diner counter inside the store and bought him whatever he wanted – a full blown turkey dinner. Who knows how much it cost (and who cares). Now, when I see people asking for money on the street, I give them food and water. Dad was that human being I know exists in this world…and I hope to live up to his expectations.

I am gullible because idealism resides in my soul. I know I’m not perfect, but positive vibes feel a helluva lot nicer than the negative ones. Give others the benefit of the doubt – walk in their shoes – think about those times you weren’t at your best and how others perceived you. Remember, although we’re all born “pure,” we’re not perfect, but G-d don’t make junk. And smile more – it takes less muscles and creates less wrinkles…and it just feels good.

“Honesty is such a lonely word
Everyone is so untrue
Honesty is hardly ever heard
And mostly what I need from you”

Honesty – Billy Joel

“I had run for 3 years, 2 months, 14 days, and 16 hours.” – Forrest Gump

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