In The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz explains one of his agreements: Don’t make assumptions.
When you pass a homeless man, you can assume that he is lazy and is taking advantage of you.
Like I did on Sunday to the bearded man with a cat on a leash and a bucket.
Or you can assume nothing and just see a fellow human being who needs help. That the homeless man may not have the capacity to make money to survive on his own. And give him a dollar out of compassion for his situation.
Like I did on Sunday after meeting a second homeless man five minutes later, realizing that anyone who needs to ask for money on the streets of New York City probably suffers a whole lot more than I do on a daily basis.
You work hard for your money and you want others to do the same.
But it feels so much better going to sleep at night knowing that you may have helped someone else on this Earth be a little bit happier.
Can you imagine what it’s like to be homeless? Or to be without electricity?
Who can you give to tomorrow? Or perhaps a month long generosity experiment is in order?
Sasha Dichter of The Acumen Fund:
Dr. Christopher Stepien is a chiropractor, chronic pain specialist, and A.R.T. provider, and clinic director of the Barefoot Rehabilitation Clinic in Morristown, NJ. He practices out of Guerrilla Fitness: Crossfit Morristown and Crossfit Montclair.