In my 100 Days of risk Taking on day 6. I decided to risk giving something to a stranger, and to the kind of stranger who does not look like in need of something and who is not used to accepting stuff from strangers.
I felt really odd thinking about executing it but nonetheless I felt it was a risk I needed to take. I chose a new unisex kind of handkerchief and made a plan.
I packed the hanky in a new transparent sheet and decided I will give it to the first well-dressed (since the idea was not charity) person I saw.
As I stepped there was this guy waiting for his cab on the road, in full executive attire right down to a pure leather laptop bag.
I approached him and this is the conversation I had:
He: Looks wary then Hi
Me: I wanted to give you this Hanky, its new
He: steps back, what!!! Why!!
Me: I don’t need it
He: Why don’t you give it to someone who needs it?
Me: Well I just thought I could give it to you.( I persisted)
He: Are you crazy or something?
Me: Ok Ok Forget it! (I was trying hard to control my smile.)
As I turned, He said Hey what do you do? Are you Radio Jockey or something? Making my Bakra?
Me: I said no I am a Happiness Coach
He: Started laughing hysterically, you guys are nuts!
Me: why? (By now I was comfortable with myself to continue the conversation)
He: What you did takes guts man ! I could have never done it! I am so and so (gives his card)
Me: I smiled and said will send you the link of this story!
I had thoroughly enjoyed my risk and my key takeaways:
- Apprehension of a situation is worse than situation itself
- What begins as stressful can easily become hilarious!
- If you persist an interaction you begin to see the human side of the other person.
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