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A Minor Triumph

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Total Black: $330.01
Total Red: $228,454.60

Total black is up.  Unemployment came through.  Sent money to one of my credit cards though.  Just caved.  I can’t stand the automated telephone calls.  It’s seems every three hours it cycles back around again to my number.  I don’t know how it doesn’t rise to the level of harassment, especially when they start as early as 8:30am and call seven days a week.  No rest for the weary I suppose.

One random bit of good news: I finally gave money to a homeless man.  Too many prior entries discuss my continuing struggles with panhandlers and the like.  As I was rushing out of the subway station to get back to the temp agency—I had been there earlier in the day for an interview and was now returning for a follow-up visit—I passed a man who appeared to be sitting on the ground in front of a subway kiosk counting the money in his can.  When I looked back, I saw that he wasn’t sitting on the ground.  At least not exactly.  His legs had been amputated almost up to his hips.   As I walked by I said to myself, “You know, if he’s still here when I come back through, I’ll give him something.”  Just as I was about to walk through the turnstile, I caught myself on that lie.  What’s the likelihood that I’d see him again?  This was the Grand Central subway station.  Hugh underground complex.  So, I stopped, took out two dollars, circled back and put the bills in his can.  I don’t even think he saw me.  But that’s ok.  It was a breakthrough for me.

I mentioned in a previous entry, Change to Spare?, that Suze Orman advises giving to others so as to open ourselves to receiving from others.  I can’t say if it was chance or something higher, but a few moments later upon arriving at the temp agencies, one of the employees came to me with a job opportunity that had just come through.  It’s still pending, but then again this was only yesterday.  Curious, no?

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September 3, 2009 at 23:22