A sick passenger at the JMZ Marcy Avenue station in Williamsburg gave harried New Yorkers a precious opportunity to reflect on the virtues of patience, compassion, and oneness this morning. Let's all go to Jamaica!

Rush hour commuters found themselves communing together on subway platforms as service on the J, M, and Z lines was temporarily suspended around 8:40 a.m., a perfect time to take a deep breath, turn to the person whose backpack was jabbing them in the ribs, and get to know them a little better. Ooh look, baby's first subway delay:

Thoughts and prayers turned to the sick passenger and the inevitable suffering endured by all transient beings.

As of 9 a.m., service has resumed with residual delays, giving everyone further opportunities to stop and smell the subway roses. And if this slight inconvenience helps promote Patti Smith's new book, who are we to complain?