“The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.”
“Hey, I’ve got mine.”
“I’ve earned this.”
“Nobody’s taking anything away from me.”
“Let them take care of themselves.”
Almost 15 years ago, I was just beginning the single mom chapter of my life. I’d just built a house for my son and myself. Not long after we moved in, my household income took a major hit and I found myself treading water, holding my kid above my head as the sharks circled. I was thrown a lifeline by someone I’d never even met, the father of a friend.
This man is not an educated man, in the official sense of the word. But he tips the scale on wisdom.
This man worked over 40 years in what would be called an unskilled profession. But he was skilled at his job, and demonstrated a work ethic that was rewarded by his employer as if he was an executive.
This gentleman, in his blue collar custodial job, saved diligently and had put together a nice-sized nest egg for his retirement. In other words, he’d “got his” –and had earned every penny, every accolade, and had every right to enjoy his retirement by taking it easy and looking out for number one.
Instead, he put $1000.00 in a plain envelope and told my friend to give it to me.
My friend had mentioned my circumstances to this hero in passing, and he decided to help. A couple of weeks later he surprised my friend with the envelope, who then floored me by putting it in my hands.
Did I mention that I never had met this man?