I Remember Giving $1 To Someone ...

Posted by Mia Tagano on Mar 11, 2015
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I remember giving $1 to someone on the subway once (in nyc) and a woman sat down next to me afterwards and started yelling at me about how I was feeding his drug addiction and who did I think I was?! I didn't know what to say, I didn't have the voice I have now and was just so shocked; I may have cried. For many years, I was afraid to give. Now, I give when I want to - not always money - I give what I can. A few days ago in the city, there was a man sitting inside a large box near where I parked my car, it was raining a bit; earlier in the day, I had gotten some special sumo oranges; I asked him if he would like some oranges. He stood up and said, Really? Sure! I said, these are really yummy, only grown once a year, and then gave him two. He said, thank you so much! He looked me in my eyes - his were bloodshot, his hands dirty but he was smiling and for a moment there seemed to be joy. As I was driving away, I saw him holding the oranges in his hands as if he was holding a baby, studying the oranges like they were gold. I am happy that I am no longer afraid of giving. What he does now with his oranges is up to him. Perhaps, he shared one with someone else. Ripples of Kindness - we all win :)

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  • mindyjourney wrote ...

    Donated oranges to local homeless oasis shelter not long ago. Experienced same feeling of how oranges were treated as gold. Thank you for your rippling kindness, my friend. Blessings.

  • Geoff Nedry wrote ...

    Bless your kind heart Mia. It doesn't matter how someone uses a gift you gift. The thoughtfulness behind it matters. You make a wonderful difference in the world!

  • Arthur Henry wrote ...

    Thank you for sharing this inspiring experience. I too was hit with that response of "who do you think you are?you think you are better than us? and I withdraw. Now I can continue to give no matter what the response is.