The Good Morning Revolution

A grey day in Emerald Park

Summer has fallen upon us!

With the beautiful sun and greenery, my bicycle has come out in full force as a means to get to and from work.   My 15-minute commute has become an enjoyable ride to welcome a new day.

My route includes a noisy trip up Yonge Street.  But after a few minutes, I make a sharp turn onto beautiful quiet streets lined with unique homes and overhanging trees.  From there, I head through a large park where I am greeted by morning dog-walking enthusiasts.

However, when I say “greeted” I am not referring to friendly exchanges.  Each morning, I pass by these Torontonians, who are utterly consumed by their dogs and themselves.  They avert eye contact with an oncoming cyclist at all costs.  I began making assumptions about the unattractive personality of these “city folk.”

Some seemed to be in business suits completing a dog walking ritual in a rush before work.  On the other hand, some sported stylish casual wear and strutted along with their pets and fellow animal lovers.  I am very confused as to why such walkers don’t have smiles on their faces as they enjoy a beautiful morning with a leisurely stroll.

I attempt to smile and nod to each person I ride by, but most often, no response or acknowledgement is given.

One recent bright morning, however, I was headed to work in a less than excited mood.  An older gentleman said, “Good morning” to me as I slowly pedaled by him and his pooch.  I couldn’t help but laugh aloud and reply with a smile.  That simple gesture actually created an energetic lift for me to start my day.

As a result, with the month of June coming up, I have set out to begin a Good Morning Revolution.  I will say good morning to each person I ride past and see if I can change my own morning attitude or anyone else’s, just as that sweet stranger changed mine.

Give it a try! Bring a little more sunshine to your summer mornings!

Creative Commons License photo credit: ‌Bahadorjn

One Response to The Good Morning Revolution
  1. annedreshfield
    May 30, 2012 | 4:31 am

    Great post, Kristin! It always amazes me when people make contact and don’t even smile, or say hello (though in other countries I suppose our expectation of friendliness might be seen as incredibly weird). I try to be as cheerful as possible to others, even if I’m just walking right on by them. I do it because I know that’s what I would like others to do for me! 

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The Good Morning Revolution

A grey day in Emerald Park

Summer has fallen upon us!

With the beautiful sun and greenery, my bicycle has come out in full force as a means to get to and from work.   My 15-minute commute has become an enjoyable ride to welcome a new day.

My route includes a noisy trip up Yonge Street.  But after a few minutes, I make a sharp turn onto beautiful quiet streets lined with unique homes and overhanging trees.  From there, I head through a large park where I am greeted by morning dog-walking enthusiasts.

However, when I say “greeted” I am not referring to friendly exchanges.  Each morning, I pass by these Torontonians, who are utterly consumed by their dogs and themselves.  They avert eye contact with an oncoming cyclist at all costs.  I began making assumptions about the unattractive personality of these “city folk.”

Some seemed to be in business suits completing a dog walking ritual in a rush before work.  On the other hand, some sported stylish casual wear and strutted along with their pets and fellow animal lovers.  I am very confused as to why such walkers don’t have smiles on their faces as they enjoy a beautiful morning with a leisurely stroll.

I attempt to smile and nod to each person I ride by, but most often, no response or acknowledgement is given.

One recent bright morning, however, I was headed to work in a less than excited mood.  An older gentleman said, “Good morning” to me as I slowly pedaled by him and his pooch.  I couldn’t help but laugh aloud and reply with a smile.  That simple gesture actually created an energetic lift for me to start my day.

As a result, with the month of June coming up, I have set out to begin a Good Morning Revolution.  I will say good morning to each person I ride past and see if I can change my own morning attitude or anyone else’s, just as that sweet stranger changed mine.

Give it a try! Bring a little more sunshine to your summer mornings!

Creative Commons License photo credit: ‌Bahadorjn

One Response to The Good Morning Revolution
  1. annedreshfield
    May 30, 2012 | 4:31 am

    Great post, Kristin! It always amazes me when people make contact and don’t even smile, or say hello (though in other countries I suppose our expectation of friendliness might be seen as incredibly weird). I try to be as cheerful as possible to others, even if I’m just walking right on by them. I do it because I know that’s what I would like others to do for me! 

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Kristin’s Backpack won 1st Prize for TESL Ontario’s 2011 ESL Week Blog Contest.
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Welcome to Kristin’s Backpack! I jumped on the blogging bandwagon in 2010 to share my Canadian-theatrical-backpacking perspective on my world adventures. With my return to Canada, I will continue to dig into my pockets and reflect on life as it has come to involve Teaching, Travel, and Theatre. Time to unzip the pockets!
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This is what summer is all about- finished a book yesterday and am on to the next today.  I just opened The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill, which has been on my shelf for ages.  I have been extremely interested in reading accounts that stem from true stories in a dark history that is often swept to the side.  
At the same time, I have been listening to The Maze Runner series as an audio book and have been extremely captivated by the young characters’ circumstances and their view on the world.  
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