After a year and a half of being unemployed, I finally got a job this week.
A man just approached me in the subway station, telling me he was a veteran who was struggling to make enough money to get to his job and take care of his family. Usually I politely decline to offer help, recently because I couldn’t afford to, but generally because you just can’t give to everyone who asks. There are simply too many people in this city who need help.
But this man asked me on a day when I could finally say yes. He needed an unlimited week-long metrocard, so I bought him one. It is a significant cost for me, as my job doesn’t start until next week and it takes a few weeks before I’ll actually get paid. I don’t have the money yet, but I will. So I helped him.
Treat people with kindness.