Regular readers may remember that about six weeks ago I sent a letter to my local council. It went like this:
re: Parking Contravention Notice XXXXX
I do apologise. I accidentally parked in a bay that was temporarily suspended. I misread the date on the sign. It was entirely my fault, and I put your people to some trouble having to tow my car away.
However, the reason I misread the date was that I had just received a cancer diagnosis and my head was all over the place.
I realise that this does not mean you should cancel the fine, but - if you were to - it would restore my faith in humanity.
Should you wish to verify my story, please do call Prof X at the beast cancer unit, XX hospital.
Go on - make my day. I could do with some good news.
Well, I've had no response at all from this letter. Nada. Zip.
This is a little odd, as whenever I've argued parking tickets in the past (which I almost always do, as a point of principle) I always get a response - either positive or negative (usually negative) - within three or four weeks.
So, I went on line and typed in my Parking Charge Notice number. A message came up saying PCN NOT FOUND.
You know what this means? Some little angel in the local council read my letter, knew that they couldn't officially let me off, so they just deleted me off the system.
With one or two key strokes they have restored my faith in humanity.
I wanted to post this in the hope that, one day, that council employee will come across this blog and know that I am very, very grateful, not just because they've saved me some money that I can now spend on Christmas presents for my children, but because they made me feel good about the world and the wonderful people in it.
Council person - you rock. You are an awesome human being, and you deserve good things to happen to you.
Kindness, in my book, is the most important quality in a human being. And many studies show that practicing acts of kindness is good for us. It releases serotonin in our brains, which improves our mental health, and actually boosts our immune systems.
Plus it's good for our souls. According to the Dalai Lama “When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.”
What's not to like?
So go hug a granny. Tell a friend you love them. Cancel a parking fine. Spread the joy.
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