While I was waiting to go to a concert last week I was approached by a young musician who said, "you must come and hear me tomorrow!" When I went to the ticket window I decided to buy extra tickets and pass them on to those music lovers behind me as a random act of kindness. On Friday evening at The Yellow Belly I ended up with a drink that I had not ordered, which I passed on to a grateful student couple at the next table.
I know I will never have enough money to be a philanthropist and some days energy itself seems a scarce resource. But these small acts seem to be a wise investment in positivity and community. And St. John's being the small city it is, where everybody seems to know everybody, I wasn't surprised to have two acquaintances chirp up in congratulations before I made it out of the restaurant.