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Born Again Generous

We are all born selfish but we can be born again generous.

The other day I was standing in the queue waiting to pick up my rental, when I happened to overhear the conversation of the fellow standing next to me. He was having trouble getting his credit card approval through to validate his rental.

It was obvious that he was under some stress.

It was nearly midnight and we were at JFK airport in New York.

The thought did cross my mind to reach out to help him and to offer to pay for his rental. But just before I was able to do anything, he managed to find an alternative credit card and was on his way.

I started to wonder “How many people would actually offer to be a ‘Good Samaritan’ in this situation?”

If you saw the film ‘Pay It Forward’ with Kevin Spacey, you would be familiar with the concept of doing something nice for a total stranger. When’s the last time you helped a total stranger?

Here are 5 thoughts for you to ponder:

  1. What is one thing that you can do for somebody else that won’t cost you anything except for your time and energy?
  2. When was the last time that you helped a homeless person who was seeking donations on the sidewalk & offered to buy them lunch?
  3. How would you feel if you were wearing a suit and had to spend time with that homeless person for an hour over lunch?
  4. What is holding you back from adding value to a total stranger?
  5. What are you willing to do differently today that will add value to a total stranger?

It was 7 years ago that I treated a homeless man to lunch at McDonald’s Restaurant in Queen Street, Auckland. I had the chance to give him a donation and walk by, or just simply walk past him. But I chose to be generous with my time and money.

I don’t say this to impress you, but to impress upon you that we are all born selfish but we can be born again generous.

Nsanz GSF