So this morning I grabbed a banana and an orange for breakfast and left for campus. All of a sudden I had a taste for a sausage egg and cheese sandwich from a coffee shop. I asked my roommate to drop me off on State Street. As I am walking to get my sandwich, I see a man in need asking if anyone had something to give. Initially, I thought “naw, I’m sorry I don’t” (side note, why do we always have auto reply responses when it comes to helping others?). Then I looked at my bag and said, “I have fruit…do you like fruit?” He replied, “do you have a banana?” Excitedly I said, “yes” and gave it to him. His face lit up like a kid receiving the best Christmas gift. I thank God I was at the right place at the right time.
Then I wondered, what could this man (who didn’t have much) teach us about life? Do you have those banana moments, excited at the small things? Here this man was destitute and out in the cold, yet he had more joy than I see in the most privileged individuals.
Two things: first, I didn’t know I would be a blessing to this man but on my way from point A to point B, I was open to being used. So important to not be so stuck on yourself that you miss a chance to bless others. Secondly, this gentleman reminds us that joy and gratitude doesn’t come from the possessions or circumstances we are in, but rather by the compassion of others and recognition & appreciation for the little things.
Please, always remember those in need and remember that your small act means the world to someone.