An unexpected kindness at the Golden Gate Bridge...pass it on.

Imagine my surprise when the toll booth operator said, "oh, your friend already paid for you." What? Who? "Yes," she said, "your friend in the car in front of you; move along.!"

Naturally I tried to find out more about my "friend". As the heavy traffic would have it, I did manage to get next to her to see if she was indeed a "friend". Nope. However, she looked over and gave me the biggest smile. I waved my thank you. As she pulled away I saw around her license plate: ALUMNI - UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII. 

Messing with my head or the good ol' ALOHA SPIRIT? For the next hour I pondered this question, making my drive much more enjoyable. I like to think that while we were stuck in horrendous bridge traffic trying to cross, she saw me take photos of San Francisco, the bridge, etc. LOOKING LIKE A TOURIST. And her "Aloha Spirit" kicked in. Remember, I used to live there for many years and we always looked kindly on visitors. But to pay your toll? What a wonderful idea. I am still feeling good about it.

Now, what can I do for someone else to make my karmic balance even out and make them feel good?  

SHOULD WE ALL THINK ABOUT IT?  What a wonderful, friendly world this would be!!!

Golden Gate Bridge heavy traffic

Aloha Spirit at the Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco just before Golden Gate Bridge


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Comment balloon 4 commentsHella Mitschke Rothwell • June 13 2011 12:07PM


That was a nice heart warming story.  I just read a nice post right before yours about someone doing right as well.  This is a nice way to start a Monday!

Posted by Jennifer Chiongbian, Real Estate Broker - NYC (Specializing in all types of Manhattan apts & townhouses) over 6 years ago

Jennifer: I'll have to see that one. Kindnesses can be like a ripple in a pond. By sharing them, they expand and make others feel good too.

Posted by Hella Mitschke Rothwell, Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker ((808) 226-1095 or (831) 626-4000) over 6 years ago

Lovely story...good reminder to us all to do those random acts of kindness.

Posted by Li Read, Caring expertise...knowledge for you! (Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)) over 6 years ago

Li: I am just itching to return a random kindness. But I think you can't plan it, it needs to come from the heart.

Posted by Hella Mitschke Rothwell, Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker ((808) 226-1095 or (831) 626-4000) over 6 years ago