In going about my usual weekend errand of purchasing perishables at the same location where I met Jimmy in my “Value of a Toonie” post, yes, a new friend and a new story.
I like to share these because I do believe that each and every one of us has numerous “ah ha’s” or insightful moments in a day. These moments are powerful. They help us to see common threads. They help us to manage uncomfortable situations. Ultimately the nature of insightful moments is to help us to learn and grow.
After a fairly uneventful cart retrieval and shopping experience I loaded my haul into the van. From the corner of my eye, at the vehicle parked nose to nose with mine, directly in front of me, I notice a person approaching the driver that was positioned in his seat. In just hearing a word or two spoke, “can you” “please”, the pedestrian was gone.
“Oh I know what this is about” I thought. Without hesitation, I grabbed my wallet and pulled out some coin, a toonie, a loonie and 2 quarters, tucked them in my pocket and finished my loading.
As I proceeded to the cart return and looking around for “him”. He was gone! “Are you serious. One “no” and he gave up”! In looking around I did spot him at an end of the strip mall. He was just standing there. As I watched him I did notice him approach one other person. “The quarter from this cart will be his as well” my mind decided, $3.75. Wouldn’t you know it, there was a cart waiting to be locked in and the quarter retrieved from it as well. $4.00 for this young man!
I walked across the lot and approached him. “Hey, what’s your story?” I asked him. Summary of the unfolding of his evening was that after being “in the wrong place at the wrong time” (or so we think) he landed in the hospital from being beaten up. He just got out of the hospital, was hungry and wanted $4.00 to get a small pizza. “Are you kidding me” I said to him, “your hungry and you gave up after a couple of no’s”?!?! “You have an ache in your belly and you stopped asking”. “NEVER EVER do that boy”.
After asking him his name, he politely answered “William”. I introduced myself and we shook hands. I wished him well, invited him to stay hungry………..
Just the day before, at our team training, we shared the message from the ever so great (and bragging rights, I’ve met and chatted personally with him) Les Brown: You Gotta Be Hungry.
In case you haven’t got it yet, the message:
*slow down people and notice the insightful moments in your day. DO SOMETHING WITH THEM!
The ever so inspiring poem from Marianne Williamson:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”