For 30 years from the 1960's to the 1980's in the City of Adelaide (in the state of South Australia, Australia) all bus, tram and train tickets carried a slogan (through/verse) with between 920,00 and 990,00 travellers reading these every day.
These were not any sort of slogan - they were compiled by Kenneth Leal, a retired Christian business man. Mr Leal had an idea - place a thought or slogan on the back of each ticket to cheer people up as they travelled their life's journey. Many carried a Christian message of hope and encouragement and travellers would write to Mr Leal expressing their gratitude for his comforting words. Some found inspiration at a dark moment, others were challenged by the words and some made people laugh.
Isn't this a great story of one mans idea to spread happiness and the word of God.
Sadly by the 1980's this came to an end, I wondered as I read the book "Talking Tickets" by Dorothy O'Neil (who compiled all the thoughts) if it could happen today - someone would complain about the Christian message. However I think most people would find comfort in the words.
The tickets that emerged as favourites were:
- God estimated us not by the position we are in but by the way we fill it.
- The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.
- Mud slinging is lost ground.
- Two heads are better than one. Kissing goes to prove it.
- Whatever awaits you around the corner, God is already there.