By Teresa Jones
One particular morning, my day started challenged because I was already late for work. There were people to see, calls to return, and multiple assignments to complete.The obvious challenge was how to finished them all in a shorten day. However, the challenge unbeknownst to me would occur as I boarded the bus that put me at my work place five minutes shy of being an hour late.
As I paid my fare, I noticed a gentleman wearing a navy blue baseball cap and jacket, with gold wire-framed glasses from a couple of decades past. He motioned me to sit next to him by patting the seat adjacent to him. My new challenge was now to make a decision in two seconds because he was sitting directly behind the driver. Should I just ignore him and proceed to one of the many empty seats that were available; where I could sit by myself and read a book as I normally would do. Besides, no one would accuse me of being rude since he was a stranger. Or, I could step out of my comfort zone and take a chance on sitting next to this unfamiliar person.
I reasoned for my final second and decided that not much could possibly happen on the bus in the morning during rush hour, or at least I hoped. Something about him put me at ease, though.
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