Today is a special day in San Francisco.
Today, San Francisco is Gotham City, for a special little boy.
I’m not going to try to explain the whole #SFBatKid phenomenon, because I can’t do it justice.
Here are a couple of articles if you aren’t familiar with it: Clever Girls Collective blog post, Buzzfeed compilation, USA Today
There’s a specific thing that’s been on my mind today, as I walked down Market Street, as I read the Twitter feed, and as I crossed Union Square, jammed with people who wanted to catch a glimpse of #SFBatKid in action.
The Twitter stream is filled with Tweets like this:
“Need your faith in humanity restored? Check out #SFBatKid”
“San Francisco and her citizens are the best, this day is amazing! #SFBatKid”
“#SFBatKid: Taking out @PenguinSF and cynicism everywhere.”
People are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for this little boy who, let’s face it, none of us really know.
This boy, Miles, who is having his wish come true today, and as I write this, is getting the key to the City, since he just rescued our beloved Lou Seal from The Penguin.
Guys? These are the same people who are here every day.
No one imported good people just for this event.
They, we, are always here.
Why can’t every day be like #SFBatKid day? Why can’t you always smile at a stranger, give a police officer a friendly nod, well up with tears when you see a Lamborgini drive by, carrying the precious cargo that inspired this movement.
Why does it take an action like this for us to come together?
Here’s my challenge to you: This feeling that you have right now, reading the #SFBatKid feed? Try to recreate it tomorrow.
What does it take?
Compliment someone who looks like they could use a kind word.
Buy a cup of coffee for someone who looks cold, a bottle of water for someone thirsty.
Let that car merge in front of you; you’ll get to your destination, I promise.
I’m not saying you have to donate everything in your savings account or quit your job to volunteer full-time.
I’m saying take today’s faith in humanity and try to keep it going.
That smile takes no effort from you, but a million tiny acts of kindness can start a revolution.
People, in general, want to do good. Lots of them are just waiting for a reason.
Why not help them find it?