It’s funny how people can do such little things and they don’t know but at that moment its the sweetest thing you could ever think of them doing and it adds to an ever growing list of things they do that noone else would think of that makes you just trip over yourself on a daily basis.
I firmly believe in small gestures: pay for their coffee, hold the door for strangers, over tip, smile or try to be kind even when you don’t feel like it, pay compliments, chase the kid’s runaway ball down the sidewalk and throw it back to him, try to be larger than you are— particularly when it’s difficult.
Went into Starbucks the other day and was delighted to see how many strangers had such big hearts. I paid for a grandfather behind me and his face lit up with a smile and that made my day. I also saw someone pay for a frantic businessman and the small gesture seemed to help him de-stress for a bit. A small deed definitely goes a long way :)
So, I’m captain of a beer-league ice hockey team at Chelsea Piers (currently on a 5-game winning streak: that’s leadership!). I’m not very good, but I love playing hockey. Being a captain just guarantees me ice time.
Recognizing what an utter shitshow the last week has been, our team ran into a bit of an awkward situation: we’re called the Mad Bombers. That’s our team logo above.
In a somewhat tiny, futile, but (in my mind) required gesture, we decided last night that we couldn’t play under the name Mad Bombers after what had happened in Boston. So we shelved our gold jerseys – and name – for our Friday night game. We took the ice about three hours after Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured in Watertown as “Mad Skillz” wearing a collage of white jerseys. A couple of us wore USA or Boston University jerseys (that’s me in the Team USA jersey with alternate captain Daniel Louis and our top scorer Zach Genirs, who’s going to BU next fall). Again, insignificant in the grand scheme of the week’s events. But it meant a little bit to us and our opponents.
We won 5-4 in OT. I had the second assist on the game-winner.