OK, my usual friendly-critics would say: Waddya mean by “today”? Thought that’s second nature 🙄
But seriously, today I was at the Kwan Im Hood Cho Temple in Waterloo Street near lunch time and braved the hordes who also came to visit the temple.
As is my usual practice, after my visit I give a very little something to the small handful of tissue sellers usually milling around.
And as usual, there are also “legit” solicitors for donation for this or that organised charity. And invariably I want to tell them that it may be better if they help those who are obviously down-n-out and needy right be4 their eyes than to boost some cause where the beneficiary is usually anonymous to both “solicitors” and donors.
And up to before today, I had always managed to supress my urge to volunteer this bit a gratuitous advice.
Alas, I don’t know what got into me. Perhaps I found the uncle who asked me for a donation for sick children irritating. Perhaps I was feeling spiteful. Whatever!
Like a channeler I found myself unable to stop myself from responding to his plea with “Uncle, look around you! There are plenty of people needing immediate charity.”
The poor man must have been somewhat taken aback but he managed to shoot back: “But these children also need your charity.”
I just smiled and thanked him. And walked away, mentally berating myself for being so mean as to deliver such a cheap and pointless shot. 😦
Resolution for the rest of the year: Have better over control my tongue!