Once, while riding a bus, he noticed that not only was the bus driver grumpy, but he seemed to be “spreading misery to everyone who boarded his bus. It was as if he saw each passenger as an intrusion and if there were no passengers, he could just drive his route in peace.”
Wondering if he could somehow help the driver to change his attitude, he offered:
“You are doing a wonderful kindness!”
“What do you mean?” grumbled the driver.
“You are helping so many people — a woman to take her son to the doctor, a man to visit his elderly father, a soldier to return to his base, a little boy to go to school; you have a wonderful job — just by driving the bus you can do so many acts of kindness!”
The bus driver said, “I never thought of it that way. You’re right!”
Now, admittedly, it’s not always that easy to help someone change their attitude; to elicit a reframe from misery to, instead, joy and gratitude.
I’m also not suggesting you be so bold as the Rabbi by doing that with strangers. 🙂 On the other hand, in the proper and safe environment, that can be an excellent thing to do.
However, the lesson is that when we really look at what we do, we can all find “Holiness in the mundane.” We can see and appreciate the spiritual aspect.
It begins with looking for ways to be grateful. And, once the context of gratitude has been established, it’s amazing how good we can feel.
How do you touch peoples’ lives through what you do? Count the ways. I guarantee you there are many!
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