It's pretty funny because this morning I did today's deed without even knowing it was a deed. I usually make my coffee in the office upon arriving in the morning but today I had the urge to stop at 7-Eleven to buy a doughnut and a 5-Hour Energy drink which I barely treat myself too.
While waiting in line with my
goodies at hand a clearly homeless gentleman walked in; instead of going to get
what he came for he started pacing back and forth in the front of the store
while mumbling to himself. Usually I would get very nervous and try to bail out
as soon as possible but this particular morning I got a deep desire to offer him food.
For those that know me, it may
come as a shocker but I am a pretty shy person if I don't know somebody; I am
very un-confrontational and rather not talk to someone than to start a
conversation with a stranger so I really didn't even know how to offer him
anything without making him feel belittled.
I slowly and quietly said
"excuse me sir, would you like a doughnut?” the surprised homeless
gentleman looked at me and said "yes, yes I would". I automatically
gave him the one in my hand and as I went to get another one I said "are
you thirsty? Would you like anything to drink?" again he replied
"yeah, yeah I want somethin' to drink" so I guided him to choose
anything he wanted to drink or eat in the store and that I would pay for it. He
walked over to the coffee machine and as he poured his coffee I paid for the
items; as he walked out of the store with his black coffee and doughnut at hand
I told him to have a good day. The cashier told me he was in earlier that day
and purchased a bunch of food, I then proceeded to tell her that I didn't mind
buying him anything he wanted even if it left me broke as long as it was food;
you see, something I was taught from my parents growing up is that even if I
had one dollar left in my pocket and someone was hungry, to use that dollar although
it would leave me moneyless so that the person could eat, and still until this
day it's something I've always done. Needless to say I didn't expect it to be a
We spend so much money on things
we don't really use nor need, why not buy a meal for a person who goes to sleep
hungry every night? I've said it before and I will say it again, we never stop
to be grateful for all of the things we have which others don't.
Share your blessings and they are
sure to come back even more so. Whether it's a granola bar or a bottle of
water, today try to give food to someone who's homeless, I surely guarantee
that the feeling will melt your heart and make you want to give more, more often.