While I was waiting to meet someone in Wellington last week I saw a lady approach a beggar who was on the very busy Lambton Quay. They spoke for a few seconds, then the lady left, without giving the beggar any money. I thought that maybe she had asked where a store was or perhaps had just said a few kind words. A few minutes later the lady returned with a takeaway meal; she gave this to the beggar, they smiled at each other, then the lady left. I watched both interactions and thought that it would be extremely unlikely that the beggar would be able to do anything for the person who bought her lunch, there would be no 'pay back', for the giver, other than knowing she had done something kind, perhaps encouraging someone else who saw what happened to do the same thing.
Today is Martin Luther King Day. A quote from Dr.King was 'Life's most persistent question is "what are you doing for others?"'. Reading this made me think about the interaction I described above. It was an example of kindness to a vulnerable person, and society should be measured by how we treat, not judge, those in need. #martinlutherking #helpingothers #actsofkindness