Now that’s a word we hear a lot about, especially in November, but do we really think about it? Grasp it? And practice it?
I got up yesterday morning and the first thing I did was to make a list of the many things that I needed to accomplish. It was a cold and rainy Washington day; brrrrr! So, I dug through my drawers and found my warmest sweater, leggings, boots, scarf, coat and ran out the door.
As I drove, my head was swimming with the millions of things that were on my list and I was pondering how I was going to be able to get them all done. You know the feeling, I’m sure you’ve all been there.
As I pulled into the parking lot of my local UPS store to make copies and mark the first item off my list, I saw a young man that is often wandering the streets. He is unkempt, picks up items from the ground and talks to himself. Most of us have seen him; he’s a little scary and so most ignore him. (Even I have in the past). But today was different; somehow I could not get him out of my head. So I went next door into the coffee shop and bought him a cup of warm coffee and then went out in search for him. I found him sitting at the outdoor table in the pouring rain. I knew this could be tricky, most don’t like or don’t want to be given anything, and pride is a strong emotion that we all have. So I looked him right in the eye when I spoke and I said, “hi, here’s the coffee you ordered!” He looked shocked as he reached for it and I added, “it’s cold out here and that is sure going to taste good, enjoy!” He looked me right back in the eye and I could tell that most people don’t do that with him. There was a moment there…. two human beings, connecting. He stammered a quick “thank you” and looked away.