I started my morning thinking i was doing a nice deed for a co-worker. I ran out of the office to gather balloons to decorate his desk to celebrate the arrival of his new grandson.
It was drizzling lightly when I stepped outside without my coat. I walked a block to the balloon store and engaged in a healthy debate with the store workers about the fate of the NY Giants this season. I then headed back to the office, the balloons in tow.
On the corner, while waiting for the light to change, a homeless man approached me. Although we are all fatigued from the requests from our increasing homeless population, I decided to engage in pleasantries.
I mentioned to him that I had run out of my office so quickly to get the balloons that I didn’t realize it was raining and here I was without a coat.
He replied, “is your office far?” Before I could answer, he removed his coat and handed it to me.
I was overwhelmed by this simple act of genuine kindness and generosity. Deeply moved, my faith in humanity given a healthy boost, I thanked the man and, as the light turned green, I handed him $20 bill and wished him a very Merry Christmas.