I went on a run (okay, a jog with some walking) with the pooch this afternoon.
When I started, I was going down the mountain my house is on, and I saw this car parked in the grass, off the side of the road. It was a very weird place for a car, and it kinda stuck out as odd to me.
But I just ran on by.
I use a stopwatch when I run. So on my way back up to my house, I knew for a fact it had been 38 minutes. And that same car was still there. The driver, a lady, was on the phone. She was doing that thing you do when you’re having an intense convo and you press your hand/finger over the ear the phone isn’t up to, to better enhance the hearing in the phone-ear.
She was frowning.
It all felt odd.
I ran past her.
I kept going – but, mentally, l took pause: what if something was actually wrong? What if she needed some kind of help?
So turned around and ran down over to her window. And I asked her: “are you okay?“
She immediately smiled. Her frown immediately turned into a smile. ”I’m fine, I’m just on a break from work. Thank you for asking though, how thoughtful!”
Seriously, don’t all go nominating me for the Nobel Peace Prize or anything. But I did have one of those sappy, altruistic moments where I genuinely asked myself what kind of world would we live in if every time we saw someone frowning, or saw someone who seemed out of place, lost, or in a weird situation and we just took two seconds to ask:
Are you okay?
I know, I know… some folks don’t want to be bothered. And it could get annoying.
But for those times something IS wrong, or for those times you really were in distress: how amazing would it be to have someone just ask if everything was alright?