City at Night (Writing 101, Day 4)

Hi there, and welcome back to my blog! This post is for my assignment for day 4 of my Writing 101 course over at Blogging University. Today’s inspiration is a story in a single image. We were sent 4 images that we could choose from and instructed to become inspired by it – write a poem or story about it, write about how it makes us feel, or write about a memory it conjured up. This picture conjured up numerous memories for me because it reminds me of NYC and my time spent on Long Island last year, but instead I thought it might be fun to follow my inspiration down an unexpected path.

Look at the picture above, what do you see? A city, right? There’s buildings and cars visible, aren’t there? Well inside each of those buildings and each of those cars are people just like you and me. Maybe there’s a CEO of a major company in the tall building, working diligently to close a deal for his company while his wife is home with their baby. Maybe someone on the road is heading home to start packing up their things because they will no longer be able to keep up with their mortgage since they just lost their job. Maybe someone else is driving to their first date with the person that they’ll end up spending the rest of their lives with. Maybe another person is wishing that their life was over and just wants to let go of the steering wheel because life is too much for them right now.

All of those people in the picture have their own lives, their own thoughts and dreams. How often do we take the time to stop what we’re doing and notice the strangers we pass as we go about our days? Are they happy? Sad? Could a smile or simple hello make a difference in their lives? You don’t know what everyone else is going through, or what their struggles or triumphs are. You aren’t detached from these people that surround you, even though it may seem that way at times. We are all on this planet together, and even if we are working towards our own goals one small gesture of kindness can make a world of difference.

Maybe your small gesture of kindness will help save someone’s business because you gave them the confidence they needed to close that important deal. Maybe you’ll save the person who was just laid off from losing their home because you went out on a limb and hired them at your place of work. Maybe you’ll find love by striking up a conversation with the quiet person on the train that you see everyday on your commute. Maybe your smile and simple acknowledgement that they exist will save someone from letting go of their steering wheel at 80 mph on a busy freeway.

No gesture of kindness is too small so please, please, let’s be kind to each other. Life is too short to be anything but kind to one another, don’t you think?

How can you make a small difference in the life of a stranger? Has a stranger ever affected your life in this way?

<3 and harp strings,



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