This morning I parked at an all day flat fee parking lot and the place I had parked there for was actually closed. Walking back to the parking lot, I grumbled about how I just paid for an all day ticket for nothing, and as I drove past the ticketing machine, a man stood there trying to purchase a ticket of his own. I rolled down my window, asking him if he had cash and offered for him to just buy mine, but unfortunately, he didn't. He was trying to use his credit card. But I decided to give him my pass anyway, at which time, he told me he was actually having a hard time getting the machine to work.
I didn't do it for any reason other than to be kind. And I'm not sharing this story to be patted on the back. But it got me thinking that often we assume that help - and good things coming - is a one way street, with it always coming to us when we need it. But, what if, in any given time, we're actually being guided to help someone else?
I don't know what kind of day he was having, what his story was, or even if my action of giving him a day pass for free will impact his life in any profound way - probably not. But what I do believe in is the more we can take a step back from our own stories, the more we can just be kind. And that by simply being kind, we can begin to break free of the veils of separatism that we, as a humanity, have trapped ourselves in. #GetAligned