Beyond Dollars A Day
--by nanahana, posted Sep 3, 2013
I felt compelled to do something, and as a single mom and newcomer to my field, I decided to come up with a plan that fit my limited budget. I began by setting aside five to ten dollar bills each payday, and during the week, passing them out to those I met on the street.
Though a dollar felt like a small amount, I realized how powerful it was to give the gift of being seen: for me to recognize that those I passed by were people just like me. Sometimes we would joke a bit and smile together. On some occasions, I was able to give more. I'll never know how and if the dollars helped, but I know that the connections we made did.
One day after I had initiated this weekly practice, I had saved up enough to buy myself a new winter coat. With my recent purchase wrapped around my shoulders, I realized that my old coat could still be put to use by someone who had little or nothing to protect them from the cold. However, in that moment, I felt inspired to pass on this opportunity for kindness. I turned to the salesman who had helped me, and asked if he would feel comfortable taking my old coat, walking to the corner, and offering it to someone in need. Slightly taken aback, he smiled. "I will as soon as I get a break," he said. "Thanks for being so thoughtful."
I can't help but feel that my experiences with kindness have moved me to pass it on, and in this way, I feel I've helped more than just those I pass by on the street. Kindness touches many hearts, and I am grateful for the way it has touched mine.