I was messaging with a friend earlier today who told me of  her experience over the weekend where she witnessed a waitress badly treated by a patron. My friend, pulled the waitress aside, reassured her that no one deserves to be treated that way and made sure she tipped her extra well. Her actions inspired me. It got me thinking that it’s been a while since I went out of my way to help someone out. You can read about that time here.

I had just arrived in Calgary this afternoon and stopped to grab a salad at McDonald’s (yes, salad). I had finished my meal and was reading a local paper, when a woman who was obviously down on her luck approached me for some change so she could buy some food.  She had actually asked for fifty cents. I reached into my pocket and pulled out a bunch of change, I’ll take a guess at around $3.50. I gave her all the change to which she seemed very appreciative.  She had walked away and started counting her money while examining the menu. Not knowing if she had enough money but I put my paper down, approached her and said, I don’t know if you have enough for what you want so please let me buy you lunch and perhaps dinner. I handed her $20.00. She welled up a bit smiling at me, I welled up a bit smiling back.

It’s amazing how we’ll pay so much more for much less gratifying experiences. Please let this motivate you to go out of your comfort zone and give a little. It wasn’t easy to do but it was so very worth it!

Man I feel good today!

Paul Buceta McDonald's

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