if you don't have anything nice to say

then you should really spend some time here.

This site is super fun! And so nice!I often wonder what the world would be like if people were simply nicer to each other. Nobody holds doors open anymore. Or smiles in greeting at people. For the past couple of years, I have tried, really really tried, being bring-you-out-of-your-element nice to people. I smile and make eye contact with homeless people. I hold the door for strangers. I pick up things tourist drop on the sidewalk and jog to take it to them. What if everyone did this? What would our world be like?

{an aside: It is, and has been for awhile, my goal to make sure no one walks around with their shoelace untied. Have you ever been in a hurry to get somewhere and upon seeing your untied lace thought, "What's the worst that could happen? I realllly need to catch that train or I'll be late to work!" Yeah, don't think that. I got my lace caught in the BART escalator one morning on my way to work. And it pulled me down. Like, on my belly. And the force ripped my shoe. My cute sneaks! And I had to tear the rest of my mangled lace out of the jaws of the escalator. And people stepped around me to make their train.

It was a mighty embarassing moment for me. And, it made me realize that when you think, "What's the worst that could happen?", you really have no idea what the worst that could happen is. And so, I have been known to chase people down the street to tell them that their laces are untied. In San Francisco. In the rain. Really, I'm trying to help. Some people are appreciative. Others just look at me like I'm a crazy person.}

It's interesting that I just came across operation NICE (via suffix.abuse) because I was already planning on writing a little bit about this:


Are you kidding me? What an awesome poster! And so true. It is nice to be nice. It really is. So much better than being mean. Or just ignoring people. Although I guess if someone had just been nice that morning that I was running down 24th Street trying to catch my BART train, my shoelace never would have gotten caught in the escalator and I never would have know the worst that can happen.