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October 27, 2011

Unexpected Charity

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27 October 2011

On my drive to work, I discovered something that made me smile...

Waking up late in the morning, rushing to get dressed, getting stuck behind a taxi and dealing with undeserved road rage are just some of the things that make me feel less eager to traipse to work every day. It's something about the selfishness of people on the roads that makes me sad.

But there is something that always make me smile.

There is a homeless man who sleeps in the same place every night. I don't know how he manages to keep his meagre possessions around him, but he is surrounded by what normal people would assume is just rubbish. Sometimes you won't even tell that he's there because he is still sleeping, huddled beneath the plastic canvas that serves as his protection against the elements.

I marvel that he can live on so little, but I marvel even more at his charity because, though he appears to have so little, he shares his bread with the pigeons. He breaks up his bread and spreads it around outside his tent, watching the birds as they nibble on the shared breakfast.

How many of us are unwilling to even share a smile during the day, and this man shares all he has with the birds? Should we go out and smell the bluegums? I say, 'yes!'

Image attribution: By Yves6 (Own work) GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC-BY-SA-2.5-2.0-1.0 via Wikimedia Commons

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