What does good look like?

There is a lot of bad in the world. But there is good too. This blog attempts to document those moments.

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A sweet lesson on patience


A NYC Taxi driver wrote:

I arrived at the address and honked the horn. After waiting a few minutes I honked again. Since this was going to be my last ride of my shift I thought about just driving away, but instead I put the car in park and walked up to the door and knocked.. ‘Just a minute’, answered a frail, elderly voice. I could hear something being dragged across the floor.

After a long pause, the door opened. A small woman in her 90’s stood before me. She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned on it, like somebody out of a 1940’s movie.

By her side was a small nylon suitcase. The apartment looked as if no one had lived in it for years. All the furniture was covered with sheets.

There were no clocks on the walls, no knickknacks or utensils on the counters. In the corner was a cardboard
box filled with photos and glassware.

‘Would you carry my bag out to the car?’ she said. I took the suitcase to the cab, then returned to assist the woman.

She took my arm and we walked slowly toward the curb.

She kept thanking me for my kindness. ‘It’s nothing’, I told her.. ‘I just try to treat my passengers the way I would want my mother to be treated.’

‘Oh, you’re such a good boy, she said. When we got in the cab, she gave me an address and then asked, ‘Could you drive
through downtown?’

‘It’s not the shortest way,’ I answered quickly..

‘Oh, I don’t mind,’ she said. ‘I’m in no hurry. I’m on my way to a hospice.

I looked in the rear-view mirror. Her eyes were glistening. ‘I don’t have any family left,’ she continued in a soft voice..’The doctor says I don’t have very long.’ I quietly reached over and shut off the meter.

‘What route would you like me to take?’ I asked.

For the next two hours, we drove through the city. She showed me the building where she had once worked as an elevator operator.

We drove through the neighborhood where she and her husband had lived when they were newlyweds She had me pull up in front of a furniture warehouse that had once been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a girl.

Sometimes she’d ask me to slow in front of a particular building or corner and would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing.

As the first hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she suddenly said, ‘I’m tired.Let’s go now’.
We drove in silence to the address she had given me. It was a low building, like a small convalescent home, with a driveway that passed under a portico.

Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we pulled up. They were solicitous and intent, watching her every move.
They must have been expecting her.

I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to the door. The woman was already seated in a wheelchair.

‘How much do I owe you?’ She asked, reaching into her purse.

‘Nothing,’ I said

‘You have to make a living,’ she answered.

‘There are other passengers,’ I responded.

Almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug.She held onto me tightly.

‘You gave an old woman a little moment of joy,’ she said. ‘Thank you.’

I squeezed her hand, and then walked into the dim morning light.. Behind me, a door shut.It was the sound of the closing of a life..

I didn’t pick up any more passengers that shift. I drove aimlessly lost in thought. For the rest of that day,I could hardly talk.What if that woman had gotten an angry driver,or one who was impatient to end his shift? What if I had refused to take the run, or had honked once, then driven away?

On a quick review, I don’t think that I have done anything more important in my life.

We’re conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments.

But great moments often catch us unaware-beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one.

(Source: facebook.com)

magicalnaturetour:

“Hope the otter has every reason to be smiling after cheating death. The underweight eight week old cub was found wandering alone along the road until she was rescued by a kind-hearted member of the public. Since her rescue she’s made a miraculous recovery and even made some new friends, like this teddy bear “! (Photo by Richard Austin / Rex USA ) :)

magicalnaturetour:

“Hope the otter has every reason to be smiling after cheating death. The underweight eight week old cub was found wandering alone along the road until she was rescued by a kind-hearted member of the public. Since her rescue she’s made a miraculous recovery and even made some new friends, like this teddy bear “! (Photo by Richard Austin / Rex USA ) :)

(via allcreatures)

Dog saves a fallen friend on the highway.

The benevolent freeing of a humpback whale and the great appreciation shown

(Source: youtube.com)

Elephants reunited after 20 years and set free into nature

(Source: wimp.com)

Aging Tortoise Nurtures Abandoned Hippo

After a tsunami washed away his herd and stranded him, a young hippo found himself a most unusual ally: a 130-year-old tortoise.

The 2004 tsunami that devastated Indonesia also hit the eastern shores of Kenya. And after the storm left Owen, a small hippo, all alone, conservationists found a home for him in Haller Park, an animal sanctuary in Mombasa, Kenya.

They hoped that he could be a companion for a female hippo whose previous companion had died. But before they could introduce him to the other adult hippos (which can be aggressive and territorial), they wanted to give him a quiet place of his own to adjust.

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And it was there that he met his buddy Mzee, an Aldabra giant tortoise whose name means “old man” in Swahili.

"He ran straight for the tortoise," said Sabine Baer, of Lafarge Eco Systems, which manages Haller Park. "The color is somehow similar like a hippo color. It was somehow round-shaped, so he must have associated it with an adult hippo and with his mother and his family."

At first, it was Owen who made the friendly overtures. But after a while, Mzee appeared to warm up to the heavyset hippo.

They slept together and ate together and even appeared to cuddle together. Owen would nuzzle Mzee’s foot when he wanted to eat and Mzee would nibble Owen’s tail to steer him.

"[Mzee] taught him to eat the cut leaves, he taught him to eat carrots, so for us, it was an absolute blessing to have that relationship to help us raise Owen," said Baer.

But though the pair became even closer and quite famous, inspiring a Web site and children’s books, Baer and others worried that as Owen grew, he would put his smaller friend at risk.

So they decided it was time to move Owen into an enclosure with Cleo, the female hippo who had been waiting for him.

Source: ABC News. http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/AmazingAnimals/animal-odd-couples-duos-find-friendship/story?id=8665512#.T5l7or_Jf-Y