It’s easy to give no matter where you are or what time of year it is. Do you know that song “Feeling Hot Hot Hot?” That is Toronto right now. I’m talking Canada. Since visiting here the temperature has only been rising. Today it felt like 40C and by tomorrow it will feel like 48C. Today I was running around trying to get some last minute work items completely in the downtown core and I found the perfect way to give when it is so hot you want you don’t even want to go outside.
Day 293: Give 293
I am in Toronto working on a large fundraising event I am producing tomorrow. It’s what I do for a living and event production is a high stress job. I work on this event for months in Vancouver than fly into Toronto a few days before the function and pull it all together. It means my phone never stops ringing, the emails come in faster than I can answer them and I have many last minute details to finish. Giving is not on my top 25 list of things to do the day before an event. It’s 10:30 at night and I am just getting my post done for the day. Only 14 hours behind schedule. Do you have days like this? Do you wonder how you will get it all done?
Today a give presented it self and I walked right past it. I had my “blinders” on as I like to call them and was so worried about my own little life I didn’t want to stop and help. But I did. I actully went back 10 minutes later to complete the give I had so quickly walked past earlier.
I was at a major intersection waiting to cross the road and a gentleman was sitting on the side walk asking for money. It was 40C out with the humidity and he was sitting there with his dog asking for help. I ignore them and just kept walking. I ran into a store to get my errand done and the image of this poor man and his dog sitting in the street haunted me. I couldn’t imagine having to sit there all day just trying to raise enough money for food or more importantly water on such a hot day.
I ran back to the corner where I had seen them and not only gave him some money but gave him the large bottle of water I was carrying. I could get another bottle but I didn’t know if he could.
Tonight I will sleep better knowing I took the time to help another human being in need and his dog. Sometimes we have or blinders on when it comes to giving. Sometimes we don’t find the time in the day to give. But I am living proof it can be done. You can give every day. Just open your eyes and your heart and give – everyday.
Time Commitment: Could have been 1 minute if I did it the first time.
Cost: A bottle of water and $5.00 cash