From Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspirations for Women

January 8

The day started out rotten. She overslept and was late for work. Everything that happened at the office contributed to her nervous frenzy. By the time she got on the bus—which was late and jammed—her stomach was one big knot.

Then she heard a voice from up front boom,“Beautiful day, isn’t it?” She could not see the man, but she heard him continue to comment on the spring scenery, calling attention to each approaching landmark. Soon all the passengers were gazing out the windows, and she found herself smiling for the first time that day.

They reached her stop. Maneuvering toward the door, she got a look at their “guide”: an older gentleman with a beard, wearing dark glasses and carrying a thin, white cane. He was blind.

Retold by Barbara Johnson

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