The Beggar Who Asked For More
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In 1995 my family had the opportunity to visit America … we went to Houston and eventually to New York, but via Amtrak the train service. One of our long stops was at the Chicago Union Station … we would be there for some hours so my Dad thought it would be nice to use that opportunity to tour the beautiful city of Chicago.
So we did … walking around the city and checking out the beautiful and legendary Chicago architecture, when we stumbled upon a homeless guy asking for money. So feeling generous my Dad took out a few coins (I can’t remember the amount) and dropped it into the guys cup….what happened next was pretty shocking but mostly funny…because the guy was like (and I paraphrase)…
“Fork you! What am I supposed to do with this forking shit!” he said gesturing with his hands for what must be the universal sign for “what the fork is this shit!”
Suffice it to say he was not happy with the coins … but by then my whole family had already started walking faster just so that we could avoid getting stoned with coins.
But you know something … looking at that moment years from now, I kinda wish that more people were like that guy … the so-called homeless beggar …
Because come Monday morning millions of people are going to jump out of bed, shower, shit, dress up and hop into their cars to go to a job just to earn coins… and they won’t even know they are getting paid in coins! They won’t even know if they are underpaid or undervalued.
Now, if a beggar on the streets of Chicago could get pissed off when given coins … then maybe just maybe you need to get pissed off when given corporate coins. Don’t get comfortable with coin-change, know your worth and know your value and if you are not getting paid that then demand to get paid!
Written By Okechukwu Ofili of ofilispeaks.com
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