Acrobats on the Train

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This evening, on the way home from a long day, two young kids did an acrobatic show, in the middle of the crowded subway train, six inches from my body.  The were doing flips, throwing each other into the air, and I just sat there, reading my book, trying to ignore them.  The more impressive the feat, they more I dug my face into whatever it was I was reading  After their show was over and they went around asking for money.  One woman gave them a dollar, someone else gave them 50 cents.  The train stopped, they went into another car, and started their show again.

Here was this totally unique event unfolding before my very eyes.  It wasn't asked for, it wasn't requested.  But there it was.  And I ignored it.  Why? because I didn't want to give them a little money?  I have 50 cents I'll never spend in the bottom of my bag.

Life does that.  It gives us little opportunities here and there to enjoy the wonder of it all.  And how often do we we willfully ignore it, and later on think to ourselves, where is all the magic in the world?  Sometimes, it's right there in front of you.

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