The Cherry Thieves
My mother always used to say that each of us is born with a little larceny in us. I believe that's true. I'm certainly not perfect, that's for sure -- far from it, in fact. But I think most of us try to live responsible lives, and try not to hurt other people. Often, however, there are extenuating circumstances that can sometimes bring out the worst in people -- but can also bring out the best in people. Each of us has a little of both.
I want to share with you something wonderful that happened at work today. One of my co-workers was called to the front reception area; she was told there was someone who wanted to see her. When she got to the front area, there was a very nice, well-dressed gentleman who wanted to speak to her. My co-worker and the gentleman were deep in conversation for a few minutes. When she came back to her desk, my co-worker had a strange look on her face, and she was very quiet. A few moments later she sent out the following e-mail:
"Mr. "X" came to our clinic this morning asking if he could make a contribution to our “coffee fund”. I didn’t quite understand, as he is not an employee. He told me that about 10 years ago when he would roam the hospital grounds, he stole money from our coffee fund -- about $20.00 -- and was giving us $40.00 today, as he is now a recovered drug addict (10 years). I accepted $20.00 and congratulated him on his recovery and honesty."
One of the reasons I have always loved the stories of Somerset Maugham is because he understood the human condition, and his stories were always about human frailties and redemption. There is no black and white in life, but only varying shades of grey.
'Mr. X" could be a character out of one of Somerset Maugham's books, and everyone in our office wishes him well and Godspeed on his journey to redemption.
And now I am off to respond to all your comments on my previous post. What an interesting bunch of people you are...!