paying it forward

In east on 09/23/2011 at 7:30 am

On Wednesday I went to the MTA teller to let them know that I needed a replacement card since the MTA machine ruined mine. She handed me an envelope with a form to fill out and send in. I looked discouraged. Great. Now I have to pay for another card while I have a perfectly intact card with money on it which the MTA ruined. The teller walked out of her booth and said “here I’ll swipe you through.” It was so kind. Nobody has been this warm since I’ve arrived to the city. I thanked her and went along my way. No more that five steps in she calls me back. She hands me her unlimited card and tells me it has a week left in it. Out of the kindness of her heart she gave a total stranger her subway card. This woman really moved me to give to others as often as possible, to be kind no matter the circumstances, and to pay it forward as often as possible.


  1. this story is so beautiful. i like to picture it in my head!

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