Brother, can you spare a dime?
Being civil makes a difference in so many ways. I just received this lovely note and wanted to share it, word for word (with John’s permission, of course):
“Thanks to you, Sue, I recently came up with a good response to panhandlers on the street (there are so many here in San Francisco that you have to be ready for them). When they ask me for money, I say “No, thank you”.
Honestly, I think most of them don’t know what to think, but they’re definitely not used to hearing “thank you”. My hope is that a touch of civility might activate a shred of pride in these people while also allowing me to not feel bad by always giving a negative response.
The idea came to me one day because I asked “What would Sue do?”
Thank you, Sue.
PS: This morning, a panhandler replied with “Good answer”. That was a first for me and it proves that people listen.”
Thank you, John. It warms my heart to hear that I may have inspired you to warm the hearts of others. We can each make a difference by treating others with respect, no matter where, when or why our paths cross. It helps to remember that civility doesn’t care about the color of someone’s collar.