Science Fiction, Kindness Non-Fiction
--by Mark, posted Nov 22, 2006
I reached over and slipped the man three dollars. He paid his fine and thanked me profusely: "I don't know how I could make it through a night on the street without my science fiction."
That is not the story.
Here's the story. As he was getting up to leave, I was in the process of fishing through my wallet for a photo ID. I came upon a Smile Card, and said to the man, "Hey, you might like this." He took the card with barely a glance and walked away.
A few minutes later, as I was finishing my transaction, the man reappeared. "I got to tell you," he said, "this is the greatest thing I have ever seen. I am going to go out on the street right now and help somebody. I can't wait to see their face when I give them this card!"
I could only hope that it might shine with even half as much joy as the unwashed, toothless face grinning before me.
kindness always looks good and it's great to remember that it's not the package that matters but the heart inside. i'm thankful.
be gentle with yourself and others.