A while ago I had a very busy day and wanted to start it out right.
I started doing internal math in my head, figuring out the bills my husband and I had to pay, and how we would be able to pay for Christmas and all that internal math/budgeting that people worry about unless they are independently wealthy. As I was in the middle of this haze walking, a middle aged woman came over to me politely. She was wearing nice clothes, had a suitcase and looked like she could have been my own mom, traveling. She politely asked, "Miss, may I please have that salad if you don't need it?" I came out of my "worry zone" and immediately gave it to her. It was kind of a reflex. Her politeness and clear need of food kind of shocked me. She was definitely not a typical panhandler, anyone who would ask for the half-eaten lunch of someone else, not money or any other pleas, was actually a person in need. I wish I would have talked or befriended her more, but I did have to rush to get to work. She did me a great service though. She turned my heart from one of worry to one of gratefulness and before I gathered my thoughts, she took off with, "God Bless you today." Her need was a blessing to me. I hope to have more opportunities to return her blessing to others.