A good friend of mine shared with me how he felt compelled to give a $100 tip for a meal which cost much less. He included a note encouraging her to use the money to live out her dreams. (For those wondering, the friend in this particular story isn’t Erwin). Here is her response:
“OMG I don’t know where to start or how to thank you for your generosity and support! When I saw what you did and what you wrote I was in shock. You tipped me more than what your whole bill was and then some! And the beauty of writing that you wanted to contribute to my dreams, moved me to tears. I ran out side to find you both, I couldn’t believe you were both gone already! I ran up stairs to show my manager. He was just coming out of a meeting w/the vice president of lawry’s. They both looked at it and at first thought it must be a mistake until they read what you wrote. They brought it up at our following Sat meeting (that we are all required to attend.) They said:
In this economic climate, when there is so much uncertainty and so many struggling, to see the power of the human spirit to help others in such an unselfish way is both moving and inspiring….
Just to let you know I took the extra $100. you both gave me and used it (with your energy and intention for me) for my new pictures that my agent asked me for. I wanted that thought and energy you both gave to be steered directly for what you said it was intended for me …following my dreams! Thank you again., I can’t really express my gratitude enough. You’ve helped me to stay on track and move forward!”
In this time of economic hardship for so many, those of us who are doing ok should be that much more sacrificial and generous. We never know the impact our generosity may have in the life of another person.