Sunday, October 28, 2007

Just a thought

For so many years, I have encountered different types of rude, arrogant, inconsiderate Singaporeans. Sometimes, you'd think that there is really no way in Singapore becoming a more gracious society. But, I encountered some nice people recently that shed a little hope that maybe things aren't as bad as I thought.

The thoughtful Uncle

There is this weird middle-aged guy that lives in my block. He would spend his time taking the lift, just going up and down. Often, he would be spotted looking very stoned as he made his way slowly to the lift. He's obviously a nutcase and his presence always brings about a lot discomfort to the residents. Many girls and women in this block are quite freaked out by his behavior and refused to take the lift with him. I have also had a rather bad experience with him (he had once tried to follow me while I was walking my dog but he couldn't keep up). But so far, I think there hasn't been any complaints about him; most people think he's harmless (except my one neighbour who told me his mother-in-law was once kicked by him while she was on the way out of the lift).

Anyway, I was going home this one evening, and I saw him again the lift. The door opened, and he refused to get out. So i stood there, refusing to get in. Then, there was an uncle who made his way to the lift and he noticed that I was scared. He stood at the lift door, smiled at me and said, "It's okay; come on in."

So I got in. Fortunately for me, the nice uncle lives on the 10th floor and I live on the 6th, which means I don't have to share the lift alone with the creepy guy (something I hadn't thought of when I made my way in). When the lift door was about to open, the nice uncle moved a little; to come in between myself and the creepy guy so that I could sort of be "protected" (and possibly not be kicked as I made my way out of the lift. heh.).

It was a very simple gesture, but it was really very thoughtful of that nice uncle.

The courteous bus driver

Those who drive will tell you that taxi and bus drivers are the worst lot. They do not signal when they cut lanes, and when they do, the signal blinks for one second and suddenly they're right in front of you.

This morning, when I was driving to work, there was this bus that was trying to cut into my lane. I usually give way when they signal. The bus driver, noticed that I gave way, gave a very long wave that symbolised a thank you. I thought it was actually a very polite thing to do.

How often have we forgotten to thank the vehicle behind for giving way?

The helpful lady

I was approaching this building near my office and had my hands full; groceries on one hand and my briefcase on the other. In the opposite direction, I noticed a lady walking towards me as she pushed through the glass door. I was still a distance from the door and was wondering how I could push my way through the door. The lady, noticing that I was approaching, held the door for me even though I wasn't exactly near it. I took a few quick steps and muttered a soft "Thank you" as I went passed her.

I thought that was a very nice gesture.

Sometimes you don't know how your little act of kindness or consideration can have a positive impact on other people. Even people you don't know. So, why wait to do something nice?

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

I have decided to ....

take things easy
worry less
not flare up easily
do less work
not work at home unless absolutely necessary
eat more chocolates
leave work on time
not be affected by what others say
consider job options outside Da Company
learn how to invest my money
smile more
frown less
go for holidays
shop more
be a happier person
I think this will help shave the 3 years that I have aged during my one year service with Da Company.