--by sonrisa, posted Apr 1, 2007
Sometimes its really nice to help people out behind the scenes when they're experiencing a crunch or even just having a bad day.
A couple of weeks ago one of my colleagues at work was having one of those days where everything was falling to bits. She tried to withdraw cash from the ATM only that morning only to be denied due to insufficient funds. Payday was still a few weeks away and the bank was giving her a hard time to increase her overdraft limit. When you have plans to take another colleague out to lunch to celebrate recent accomplishments, this can be a little embarassing and distressing at the same time to not have cash to contribute. On top of that, she lives alone in this country (all of her family and close friends live in Africa) so she doesn't have a tight network of support locally and had to figure out a way to make it through the next few weeks, which can be extremely difficult.
After she got off the phone with the bank, I quietly offered to let her borrow some cash for the next few weeks until she got things back on track after pay day. She was really taken aback by the offer and agreed it would be helpful. I gave her the money in an blank envelope in a discreet way so that nobody around us knew what was going on. Really, I don't even expect her to pay-me-back because I love to pay-it-forward :) and just feel happy and fortunate to have been able to support her and serve her in some small way in her moment of need.