I have been spending more time recently with folks that some might say are less fortunate. I had a wonderful interaction this past week, when I had the privilege of being the recipient of kindness. I was speaking to a gentlemen who is down on his luck, so to speak. We were just talking and getting to know each other for a while. Towards the end of our evening he said he wanted to buy me a hamburger at the nearby fast food restaurant. In time before, I would have insisted that he let me buy him a meal, since he had a greater need than I. But this kindness community has taught me the importance of being a good receiver, too. So I told him if he really wanted to do that I would be happy to share a meal with him.
It was great! He was so happy to be able to do something like that and was all smiles the entire time. Who am I to deprive someone of the wonderful feeling of giving? We shared some great conversation and I could see it meant so much to him. As we parted ways, instead of me feeling bad that he probably spent his last few dollars on our meal, I smiled and felt with a wonderful sense of connection and gratitude. It’s not only fun to be a receiver of kindness, but this also gives someone else the chance to be the giver. That is important, also<3.