I have felt this many times over the years and walking away from others in even the smallest of need has become so commonplace for most people. It is too easy o judge, slot and file and dismiss other human beings from our thoughts. Thank you, Karen, for taking a moment to think before you acted…
This afternoon as I was leaving work – jaywalking in order to reach the busstop on time – a man approached me. Well, he didn’t exactly approach. As I passed him on the sidewalk, he told me that I looked “pretty.” He didn’t seem threatening or demeaning, and seemed sincere in his statement, so I took the compliment. As I was walking away, toward the door that would lead me through the main corridor to my bus that was soon to arrive, I heard, “Excuse me, can I ask you a question?”
I have worked downtown for years, and I have heard “Can I ask you a question” a thousand times. But as I paused to consider whether to answer, I realized that I still had my work badge hanging from my clothing, so I thought that I had better oblige, whether or not I had time to do so.
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