What have you done for me lately?

You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give. ~Kahlil Gibran

I would like to share a story with you. I was walking in the streets of New York a few years ago when a homeless man on a bench asked me for some change.

I stopped and started looking in my bag for some money. While I was scouring my untidy bag for loose coins, he started to mumble something like ‘sorry for wasting my time’ to which I replied that he could never waste my time.

He looked quite startled at this and said that I had got him wrong, he had actually said that most people tell him that he is wasting their time and was really thankful that I had even stopped to talk to him, let alone give him money.

I did manage to fish out a few coins for him, as I handed it over I apologized as it was not much. To this he replied, ‘it is not the money that has made my day, it is the fact that you even stopped to acknowledge my presence.’ I held back a bit to talk with him and he said something else that I found remarkable but understood him completely.

The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving. ~Albert Einstein

He said that he was not ‘this’ as he pointed to his disheveled clothes — referring that he was not a vagrant. He said that he was a soul on a journey, just like everyone else, and he has chosen this path to learn something that he still needs to figure out.

I found this man to be a truly courageous and enlightened human being who taught me something very valuable that day. Do not pass anyone by, make sure that the very least you give is your attention — this can be their gold nugget.

Go forth and spread your deeds of delight!


One thought on “What have you done for me lately?

  1. Great story. I had a similiar this past weekend on my way to rep my undergrad school alma mater for a day of service. Before heading to the park to showel, lift, rake, etc. I stoped at Jamba Juice for a bit of sustenance. I walked out with a nice tasty shake and was sipping away when I heard this voice saying, “What did you get or me?’ Startled I looked down and saw this homeless, dishelved looking African-American male. The only way I could respond was to ask him if he wanted something. He was not mean and did not act entitled. Besides his question startled me. I took him back to Jamba Juice. Purchased him the largest of what he wanted and prepared to go do my service project. As I was leaving he told me, “You are blessed and God will reward you. Have a blessed day.” Sometimes, we forget that we are put on this bountiful earth to serve God as though we see Him though we see him not. We have a responsibility to help others. While I am not to keen on giving money, if you tell me that you are hungry I willoffer to buy you a meal. The reality is that in the blink of an eye we could all be in this man’s shoes. Lesson– don’t judge. Rather serve for the sake of God. I promise that your reward will be greater than the weight of gold.

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