There is a new Bell’s ad on TV to welcome this holiday season. The tag line is “We are all connected.” The choice of storyline is also smart, at least for me. It starts with a hustle-bustle in a subway during rush hour. The train is jam-packed… People rush hurriedly into the train and they pass an old lady who walks so slowly. Just when the door is about to shut, the last man who enters the train with a handful of things put his leg on the door… so the old lady can make it to hop on the train. The old lady smiles to the man, and he smiles back to her.
Then, the scene follows the old lady to the traffic light. She waits there for the light to cross the busy street… beside her are a black lady and her little girl. The old lady then smiles, holds the little girl’s hand. And with the little girl’s mother on the other side, she helps to lift up the little girl, so she will not walk into a pool of water on the edge of sidewalk. They smile to each other.
Then, the scene follows the little girl and her mom. Looks like they’re standing and waiting for someone. Beside them is a man with a business suit, looks so tired and isn’t even aware that his tie is twisted and is now on his shoulder. The little girl touches it and puts it back. The man smiles back at her.
The last scene is about this man who walks hurriedly to the department store to buy a present. There is only one glittering ball left on the display table… both he and a teenage girl come to this table to seize this last ball. Then, he looks at the teenage girl and decides to let her have it. She gives him a big smile.
Then… enters that tag line “We are all connected.” I think it’s like in the movie “Pay It Forward.” When you receive a kindness, it will be much better if you can pass the kindness to others as a token of your grateful heart. Always remember that somewhere down the road of our life on this planet we may need help, a kindness from others. So… don’t be so stingy to show your smile or caring heart 🙂
These kinds of ads always make me feel good and grateful, and remind me that I don’t live in this planet alone 🙂
The Internet has also revolutionized the connectedness around the world in just a matter of minutes if not seconds. Things that happen in one corner of the world can be transpired instantly to the other corner of the world… it has become the medium for trendsetters, news providers even policy makers… it has re-united many old friends or flames 🙂 It equips you with anything in just a click-and-mouse away 🙂 I like the convenience it provides me, but… I think I sometimes miss the snail mail 🙂