Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Day 207: Became A Doorman

Doormen/women have one of the most under appreciated jobs there is.  Many times they are the first person you see when you leave your house or arrive at work, so they are the first person that has a chance to put you in a great mood to start your day.  Living and working in Chicago, I encounter many doormen/women and I must say that the majority of them are jovial and always open to striking up a conversation.  Back on Day 18, I went into detail about how awesome and good natured the doorman (Adam) at my family's building was.  It is people like Adam that are the inspiration for today's random act. 

I never thought of it as a random act of kindness to hold the door open for someone.  I guess it was because my mom taught me to be a gentleman that way from a young age.  However, you would be amazed at how shocked and thankful people are when you open the door for them and allow them to go first.  I have had a bunch of people say to me, "Your mother raised you right."  I agree with them wholeheartedly, but it is strange to think that something so small as delaying your day for a split second to do a courtesy for someone is looked at with shock.  Well I am going to take it to another level throughout the course of my work day.  That is because today, for my random act of kindness, I am going to become a de facto doorman throughout the course of my day.  When I have a couple of minutes, I will stand near the busy doors in the Chicago Loop and hold them for people.  I will take the time to greet them and wish them well on their day too.  Hopefully people respond with a smile and kind words because that will then tell me that people do the same for other doormen/women of the city.


  1. so after 366 days, will you discontinue your random acts of kindness?

  2. That is such a brilliant thought! I'm definitely going to try it tomorrow. Let's see how Calcutta responds!