When you see someone on the street asking for money do you give it to them? If you see someone hunger, do you give them food? Why do we find ourselves moving past those in need? Are we afraid? In a hurry? Don’t care? I find myself usually saying “no thank you” while I scurry past not thinking more about it. I'm starting to see things in a new light.
When I was in Boston my friend/Boston host Erica was driving me to lunch. As we hit downtown and a stop light Erica yelled out “Tom” as she handed a scruffy, homeless looking man a dollar bill. After driving away Erica told me her story about Tom. One day she was rushing downtown, only had her credit card, nothing else and while she sat at a stop light Tom approached her window. He asked for money and she told him she had nothing. Tom then replied “Do you need some money, I can give you some if you need it.” Taken by his generous offer Erica made some magic happen and got 20 bucks which she drove back to give to Tom.
While I was in NYC a few weeks back I was headed out of the subway. Through the crowds I saw a homeless looking Indian woman just sitting very still and quiet at a bench. I then almost ran over a man that looked homeless himself. As I moved pass him I saw him reach in his bag and give the Indian woman a Kind bar.
When I walked out of the subway I couldn’t help but smile.
I am grateful to see the kindness in the world. From Tom to the NYC subway to a stranger offering their home to me and India with a warm meal and shower to my own family and friends giving support.
We are in the season of thankful giving which reminds me that some people are alone, have nothing yet give what they can. I dig that.
Even though this is the time of year to give it doesn't mean it's the only time. Organizations and charities have a lot of help this time of year and still need help all year round. See how you can get involved in your local community and give back. If you have any suggestions for me or others please contact me, I'd love to hear from you.