10 days for a better world – day 1

Most of you have read my blog ‘You can do it too!’. Thank you for that! I know of a lot of people who shared, re-blogged, or wrote blogs about it too, which is awesome! And since I asked you to let me know about your experiences during those 10 days of unselfish acts to better the world, of course I will share mine as well.

Yesterday I started my first day of this challenge and it was a good day. I chatted with people about how to create more respect for each other and for different points of view, which was very inspiring. But it was not an act that fitted my idea of unselfish acts, so I figured out what I would do for the day.

My planning for the day consisted of doing an interview with Catherine Moon, then go grocery shopping and go to the cinema later that evening. Now I know that close to the cinema I love to go to is a drifter. He is always there when I go to the cinema, providing (free) news papers to the drivers and trying to collect some money and so. It is a guy that is always positive and smiling, and always very grateful. I don’t know his story, and I don’t know what his life looks like. To be honest, I don’t know the guy besides those few seconds a time at the traffic light. I figured I would give him a little present. A goodie bag with food and items for personal hygiene.

So there I went, of to the supermarket. As I was riding my bike there, all of the sudden a dog crossed the street. I almost ran over it. I was happy I was by bike, because if it would’ve been a car, the dog would definitely be injured very bad. There was no owner of the dog around so a grandma and her grandson and me started to find the owner and we returned the dog. The grandma reprimanded the owner in a gentle way, that he should be careful for his dog and I was on my way to the supermarket again.

IMAG0254I put all the items in an old rucksack I had lying around and added a book, paper and a pen to it, and some fresh orange juice, as well as some other small items. I also wrote him a little card, saying that this was all especially for him. The back was quite heavy. I managed to put together a pretty okay set of items for my ‘victim’ for today and as I headed towards the cinema, I was hoping he would actually be there. And of course he was. I dropped off the bag. Since this wasn’t about me, I did not want to stay there too long. It was about him. He was so thankful though he did not even know what was in the back yet. As I continued my trip, he walked away with the bag, probably to check out what he had gotten.

As I walked to the cinema I felt weird. Normally when you do something you weight for the ‘victim’ to thank you, to show their gratitude, but I hardly gave the man time for this. I did not want it. I would have preferred to do it completely anonymous, because, like I said, this isn’t about me. By giving this man a little bag filled with basic items, he gained a spot in my heart and in my memories and though I do not know anything about this man, I will always remember him.


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