People say New Yorkers are mean, that we’re cold and heartless. But everywhere I go, I see moments of extreme kindness. The NY I see changes day to day, reflective of what I’m feeling inside. So if I choose to be warmth and compassion, these pockets of NY kindness come flowing out in hidden interactions.
Here are some of my favorites.
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In a cab ride on the way to JFK, I exchanged life stories with the driver and he said this as I was getting out of the car. It was probably the most heartbreaking thing ever said to me. It's less a compliment and more a narrative of the unequal opportunities in our world. I am eternally grateful to my parents for creating opportunities for me. Let's transform the systems in play to make this easier for other families too.
Day 34: little wing
8 years later and he still remembers this like it happened yesterday. That's the power of a #NYmoment - the simplest gestures can be remembered for a lifetime.
Day 40: happy birthday
Sometimes having a stranger see you through the lens in which you wish and deserve to be seen is the most transformative power to receive.