BATU, Indonesia. Photo by Jes Aznar

Monday, June 5, 2006

a kind stranger

I dropped my remaining P100 peso bill today as I crossed the street from the DBP press office to the Pacific star building where I was to meet a friend for coffee. I didn't know this until a stranger called me and handed me back my money.

I was pleasantly surprised. Sometimes, I forget that there are still a thousand good souls out there despite the cruelty of the world. Thank you, dear stranger for your kindness. I hope to return the favor someday.

I am reminded of the story I heard a few days ago of a cabbie who found the wallet of Senator Mar Roxas somewhere in a Makati parking lot. The lawmaker's license card, plastic money and P5,000 worth of cash filled the wallet. The cabbie went to GMA-7 to report on the lost wallet, which in turn, contacted Roxas. Roxas invited the cabbie to dinner at the Araneta family's posh home in Cubao.

The kindness of strangers is larger than life. It makes up for the heartless souls lurking around, they who do not mind taking other people's lives to survive the world.