When she got off the bus, Spoon had been traveling for a good 18 hours — the longest trip between two towns so far. It was evident immediately upon entering the bus station that things were different. It felt like more than just a building or a station, with its decorative columns and paintings on the wall.
The feeling evoked a sense of comfort upon arriving and strangely, she wanted to hang around. The trimming around the entrances, ceilings and column posts were made of intricate designs, work and effort that obviously took creativity, great care, and a lot of time. The art on the walls drew her into the images. The color scheme of the main hall was warm and inviting. The wooden benches were cut with the right shape to allay the discomfort of waiting.
She sat down for a while to absorb the sensation and noticed how other people also seemed to enjoy being there After a while Spoon was so intrigued that she went to the information booth and inquired about why the city went to such lengths to create an appealing bus terminal. The attendant told her that years ago the people decided that they wanted public spaces to be more than “just enough” so they set about to design structures which felt good to be in, spaces which attracted people beyond their basic function. She told Spoon that the old station functioned well and provided basic needs, but was cold and uninviting. Even though the station is a transit hub, she said, they thought that those passing through, as well as the workers inside, would have a richer experience in an environmentally warm surrounding.
Then she said something very curious to Spoon. The attendant said, “life is an accumulation of experiences. If we endeavor to make them, no matter how small, as rich as possible, they’ll contribute to a richer life.”
With that comment swirling in her thoughts, Spoon headed out of the station to explore the town.