A friend sent this in as a non-sequitur in another conversation we were having.
The other day I was coming out of a coffee shop and decided to give a homeless man a $10 bill…what can you get for $1 these days?…I feel like I’ve been giving $1 since I’ve had discretionary income…I subconsciously never accounted for inflation/cost of living increases. He thought I made a mistake and said: Ma’am, I think you made a mistake. Did you mean to give this to me (assuming I meant to give him $1).
I replied: I absolutely did.
Nice. And kinda shatters the whole angle of the panhandler who is trying to pull one over on you, doesn’t it?
I hesitate to share too many examples of giving to people on the street when talking about Generosity Day, since somehow that’s a lightning rod for what I consider to be a distracting conversation (namely: “should one give to people on the street?”). At the same time, the immediacy and humanity of giving (or not) to someone who is standing right and front of you and asking for help is, I think, something we cannot shy away from.
Do you have more generosity stories to share?