Motivation Monday's

Life Vest Inside has had the very good fortune of finding writers willing to share their Kindness Stories with us. One of our special recurring writers is David Jablinowitz, Op-Ed Editor at Jerusalem Post, who is famous for his “bus stories.”

The Kind Bus Driver

And then this happened…It’s my first ride back on the bus after a week-plus away due to my mother’s passing. Beautiful morning. Nice scenery outside the bus window.
A friend was taking the bus as well. I told her it was nice that it worked out that we’d meet. Another friend called me right after I got on the bus. I was grateful that he was checking up on me.
And then… the bus broke down.
“Is this the new era of my bus rides?” I thought to myself.
But we made it. A second bus picked us up, completing the ride from Beit Shemesh to Jerusalem.
And then in Jerusalem – I’m off the bus, walking near the entrance to the city, which is backed up with traffic. A bus is standing still at an intersection. A younger woman is helping an older woman cross the street. The older woman has a walking stick. The younger woman is carrying a package for her.
The bus driver opens his door. “I’m off duty,” he says to the two women. “Can I take you somewhere?
“The older woman has a great retort: “Even I, with my stick, can get to where I have to go faster by walking than by going with you in this traffic.”
Driver: “But you remind me of my mother, of blessed memory. She passed away last year. The traffic will clear up. If you don’t mind, I’ll be happy to take you.”
The older woman agrees. The younger woman goes off on her way.
Meanwhile, a fourth-grader is running by. He hears the conversation and decides to join the get-together. “I’m late for school; can you drive me also?”
Driver doesn’t agree. But the woman says: “Hold my package and you can join the ride.”
The driver, woman, and fourth-grader are all aboard. The traffic starts moving.
And I go to the office, thinking of the driver who lost his mother last year. She must be proud of her son helping an older person even as he was supposed to be on a break from his work shift.
~ David Jablinowitz

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