Signs of the Time: Have the Best Day Ever

He was on the median
Holding the sign I see
The traffic lights were red
This boy he looked at me

A cold November day
The chill was cold out there
I seldom looked at those
With signs up in the air

But on this road today
Something made me look
Past the driver’s dashboard
Into this fellow’s book

The poster in his hands
Travelled past my door
This sentence heard before
Today meant something more

The rearview mirror showed
Pants that fit loosely
My heart within my chest
Spoke loud and clear to me

This youngster had a story
A young one still to be
I only knew the version
Where judgement had a fee

Who was I to know
What wasn’t really true
He didn’t ask for money
But smiled right at me too

I scrambled for the change
I had within my purse
Forgot about the traffic
I may have caused a curse

My hand to his I gave
Handing all my change
And said his words to him
His greeting I exchanged

“Have the best day ever”
And thanked him for this sign
It really was just needed
So fitting and on time

The lights that I had missed
He apologized to me
I saw in this a moment
An opportunity

From my open window
My voice to him I sent
I said that he was worth it
And this I truly meant

Behind the cardboard sign
A flash of light I saw
Something in him shined
A child to me was all

As I waited once again
For the light of green to go
Others started giving
Behind me in a row

Where the money went
Was no concern to me
It was better to be able
To change my own story

My heart was feeling joy
To help another giver
To the boy who held a sign
“It was the best day ever”


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Paula Goodman
Paula Goodmanhttps://www.seekerofthesoul.com/
I am a deep thinker, lover of thoughts, and prolific writer sharing my words. In sharing, I am caring. I am a member of the human race with an appetite to motivate, inspire, empower, and provoke thinking. I am compelled to a vision that we are all here for a reason, life is like a deck of cards... “My cards. My deal. Life is learning the game!” #opism What is OPISM? I have come up with this term as my nickname is Op and they are my own quotes representing a moral doctrine belief system. Thus...Op+ism=Opism. #opism. My professional experience is disbursed across industries from financial services and sales to that of personal and emergency care. As one who has trained and coached, mentored, and taught; it has become a passion within to witness and feel joy in the achievement and success of others that I have been associated with. I am a lifelong learner and have created and facilitated various training materials. It is through such experience that I discovered the power of positive feedback in both professional and personal manners. I am self-disciplined, accountable, determined, humble, loyal, and adaptive; but above all, I value my integrity! I am a decent human being. It is with my greatest pleasure to share with others the power of positive words.


    • My dear friend Larry,
      That means so much to me. Thank you so much for all the soul your pour into the world. It wouldn’t be the same without you and I am so grateful to know you
      The connection made from words has an incredible strength between readers and writers.. and more so between the writers. Your creative passion stays in my soul Thank you for lighting up the road 🙏