In the spirit of “You never know when a You Matter moment will show up,” I offer this story.
While walking in the park this morning, I saw a man cleaning a bench with Windex and a paper towel. The bench had a small plaque on it with the names of two people. I said it was kind of him to clean the bench, and I asked him if he knew the people the bench was dedicated to. He said they were his father and his son. I offered my condolences, said the bench was a beautiful tribute, and I continued walking.
But I wanted to do more.
I stopped at my car and grabbed three You Matter cards. The man was sitting on the bench when I returned to it. I approached him and said, “In honor of your father and son I’d like you to have these” and I gave him the three cards. His eyes moistened as he wiped away a tear. Then he said, “You really understand. This means so much. Thank you.”
Was I nervous giving the man You Matter cards?
But it was worth the risk. It always is…
The moment mattered. The man on the bench mattered.
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