February 6, 2007
Is That Who You Are?
An interesting thing happened to me last week.
I was in downtown Cleveland and after a meeting, was walking back to my car. While walking down the sidewalk, I was thinking about the meeting and not paying much attention to anything or anyone.
As I walked past a lady standing near the bus stop, she approached me and asked me for some money. It was one of those things that happens very quickly and by the time I had a chance to reply, I had already passed her. I nonchalantly said, “Sorry” and kept on walking.
Within just a few seconds, I knew that I had not done what I was supposed to do. I found myself asking, “Is that who you are?”
I made it to my car and drove back to find her still standing by the bus stop. I was able to get her attention and gave her some money.
In these types of situations, I don’t give money to everyone that asks. But on this one, I knew I was supposed to. Anyone else had a similar situation?