Persevering With My Kindness Mission
--by InnerAlchemist, posted Mar 10, 2011
I find that gifting food to others can sometimes be a challenging deed to accomplish. Last night, I encountered two Asian women collecting bottles from recycling bins in the road, so I asked whether they were hungry and wanted some food. They hardly responded, and one merely looked at me with a puzzled look on her face. I assume that they either did not understand English or simply had no desire to receive food.
A similar interaction happened this past weekend when I was seeking to give away some pears that I received as gifts (which of course I washed before giving away). As I rode my bike under a highway overpass, I noticed a homeless woman sitting in the dark, empty space below the highway. I turned my bike around and rode up beside her. She appeared to be dirty, had a bin likely filled with possessions, and was fidgeting lethargically with a water bottle as I got off my bicycle to approach her. Before even asking if she was hungry, I said "hello" and "excuse me" to get her attention. I received no response, and even after repeating these words in a louder tone, she gave me no response. This was very surprising and frustrating, and though I had the idea of coming closer into her personal space to get her attention (in order to benefit her), I decided that it was better to leave the situation alone and simply walk away. Nevertheless, I pressed on to connect the pear with someone who needed it.
Later that evening, I ventured into the city for entertainment and brought the pear to infuse some kindness into my fun. I found a homeless person sleeping on the sidewalk and left the pear next to him with a Smile Card. The next day, I did the same thing with another pear for a different sleeping homeless person. Even though I did not have a personal connection with the recipient of these food items, I felt mild satisfaction knowing that my positive intention was left with a couple other people. However, I ideally like to gift food to others when I can consciously connect with the recipients in the moment of giving.
Nevertheless, the kindness must continue! I welcome hearing comments, ideas, and suggestions. Have any of you encountered a similar type of challenge?