Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Day 165: Paid For A Stranger's Gas
Yesterday, I had a great time at the Cook Public Library speaking to the audience and participating in the different random act stations that they had set up afterwards. I was able to meet so many great people and got some awesome suggestions for future random acts. When I was first contacted by Ellen Bassett from Cook, she asked how much I charged for appearances, etc. First and foremost, I told her that as part of my journey, I am not able to benefit financially from any of my random acts, and so I wouldn't charge. Secondly, it was enough of an honor to be asked to speak to people that I wouldn't even thinking about charging anyway. After the event, Ellen gave me an envelope with some money for gas. Even though it was such a thoughtful gesture, in accordance with my "rules" I couldn't accept the money. I could however, use the money for one of my future random acts. I decided to do that sooner rather than later. So today, for my random act of kindness, I stopped at a gas station and offered to pay for a stranger's gas. At first, he was reluctant and thought I wanted something, but when I explained to him my random acts, he more than happily obliged. I guess I can't take full credit for this random act because it all started with Ellen's kindness. So thank you Ellen!