Last Sunday night about 11:30 pm, I found myself in Penn Station in New York trying to catch a subway train to Columbus Circle to get to my hotel. The directions I was given was to take the A train, but it turned out the A train doesn’t run on Sundays. The signage of what to do is poor for those of us who are neophytes in the process. I was tired from traveling all day and desperately wanted to get out of there.
As I stood in the station, I asked a young lady for help. She surveyed me and must have deemed that I was okay and said in a Russian accent, “You need the C train. Follow me.” We went up an elevator to the next floor, and she pointed to the track we were now on. “The C train will stop here and you will be two stops away.” The train came soon after and we both got on. As we passed the station before my stop, she said to me, “The next one.” As we arrived to Columbus Circle, I noticed she also got off at the same time. Turns out she was so confident in part because we were headed in the same direction.
Sometimes, you just have to trust. People play key parts in our lives if we allow them to help us. We just have to ask and trust. I could have chosen to try to figure it out on my own and probably wasted time, got lost, and become even more frustrated. I’m glad I asked for help. I’m sure I will never see my Russian friend again, but at that time and place, she was my guardian angel.
There are times in your life…maybe even today…when you need to ask for help. There’s nothing wrong with that; we all have to do that sometimes. You just might find that with a little trust in the right person, you will find your way, too.
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This week’s quote –
“Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.”
— Oscar Wilde