Payam walked in the park near his house, every morning before work.
Every day at the same time, a man his age was walking in the park and shook head to Payam to say hi.
They became friends after a while.
Saman once told Payam that he has to do a day travel for a job matter. Payam needed to do something in the same city and said he would join if it were Okay with Saman.
Saman agreed, and both new friends drove with Saman’s car to the destination.
On the way there were two convenient stores, Saman stopped in front of the poor looking one, to get some snacks. Payam said: “The other store looks better, let’s go there.”
Saman said: “Looks like that store is doing good; let’s give this one business.”
At the entrance of the destination city, three guys were selling natural honey. Saman stopped and bought one bottle from each guy.
Payam said: “Why did you buy from all three of them? Did you need three bottles?”
Saman said: “I couldn’t break their heart. I had to buy from all of them. We need to give each other business.”
They parked the car in the city to have some food. A boy jumped in front of them to sell kleenex. Saman bought all the eight boxes.
Payam said: “You could buy 20 boxes of kleenex from a supermarket with that money. You paid too much to this boy.”
Saman said: “I know, but this little guy is probably supporting a family, we need to help each other.”
An older adult was sitting in a corner with a scale. Saman said: “Let’s weigh ourselves.”
Payam said: “I have a scale at home.”
Saman said: “I do too, but this is how this guy is doing business. Let’s help him.”
Saman made several more good moves on that one day trip.
Saman was a simple employee with a broken car and was very generous to the people around him.
And Payam was a business owner, with a great life and stood there watching and wondering. Payam never looked at the people around him as someone who would need his help.
Now he learned decent people are crying for help, and we just pass and ignore them.
Read “Climbing Over Grit” to find out the root of the story.
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