Due to the Economic down turn (I’m so tired of that phrase) I was looking for a way to make a quick couple of bucks.Something not too offensive something where I could be on my own not take too much crap from others avoid back biting , I think Ive had one too many we are team players type of jobs. Anyway I found my self applying for a position for the Salvation Army to stand in the cold and ring there bell for change. Going into it I didn’t have any particular expectations except maybe having something to do over the holidays beside looking for work and maybe make a couple of nickles to rub together. Little did I know it would be chalk full of meaning for me in regards to how I see the world ie humanity and how I see myself interacting with others and an incredible opportunity to stand in one place get paid and people watch. First thing that surprised me was teenagers Ive always seen them as a bit of an unapproachable enigma . All of a sudden teenagers where smiling at me donating to the red kettle cheerfully being kind to others I was truly amazed. Actually I was truly amazed at how much kindness is all around .My cynical thoughts of people don’t care and we are in trouble was changed with Hope that in most people they are kind and when given the opportunity they actually step up to the plate . I saw so much kindness in my observations of humanity that I think it actually healed my Heart a bit. Lots of Grandparents with their grand kids, I noticed the most constant givers the poor often giving me there last coin or dollar, the very old and the very sick . Actually I noticed the people in wheelchairs the ones who had a heck of a time where actually really nice to me with up beat chit chat. The very old were also very kind to me giving me a moment of conversation which I was often grateful for standing in one place for 6 hours at a time cold is a challenge. People often worried that I was warm enough often giving me tips about how to dress warm and where to stand . I found that very sweet and enduring. Also people in general love to give especially if they feel its a good cause. That was nice to see little kids where funny sometimes as the parent gave them a buck to stuff in the kettle they would give that look like now why am I doing this and where does the candy come out . A lot of people thought I was donating my time as a volunteer which a lot of the bell ringers are volunteers They would often thank me of my selfless giving of time which after a while I thought gee I’ll have to volunteer for something sometime it feels good I made a note to self maybe the SPCA to visit the Kitty’s and puppy’s that have no home . Anyway those are some of the things I learned bell ringing it was one of those job that you expect nothing and walk a way life changed looking at the world in a whole new way who new what a pleasant surprise. So here I sit unemployed again thinking where do I start the competition is ridiculously fierce . sigh maybe I’ll put off the job search until tomorrow I mean hey whos going to be hiring on New Years . Happy New Year lets hope 09 is well I don’t even know what to hope for maybe the idea no expectaions and maybe I could be plesantly surprised . Lets try that .