After reading my last post, my wife, Saint Tina, reminded that I have an example of how one can get payback that I should have included in my last Confucius post. A couple of years ago, we decided we were going to go to the Jacksonville Home Show. We were living in balmy Fernandina Beach, Florida and we had just purchased a little bungalow.
We were walking through the parking lot towards the entrance of the home show when we were approached by a gentleman. Let’s call him George. George stated that he was unemployed, and was trying to get some money to tide him over till his interview. George was dressed in business casual clothes and was carrying a briefcase, which he claimed had resumes in it. I gave George a $20, he thanked us, and he went on his way. As I walked away, I was thinking George had a pretty good con. It wasn’t the typical pitch you get from someone who is panhandling. As Saint Tina and I approached the ticket booth to purchase our tickets, a different guy approached us. He was an exhibitor, and he had a couple of tickets to give a way with a face value of $20.
We were both flabbergasted. It was as though someone was saying to me “George really needs the money. Don’t be selfish.”. I think that someone recognized I really needed the lesson, with Saint Tina less so.
We learned something from this experience, and hopefully it will encourage you as well.
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