I was walking yesterday when a young girl crossed my path at an intersection.
She was maybe 12 or 13 years old, and she made eye contact with me as she made a quick sales pitch in a soft voice.
“Excuse me sir — would you like to buy a chocolate bar or donate?”
I didn’t have any money on me. Even when I do have money, it’s often not in cash.
The girl hadn’t mentioned what she was selling the bars or collecting donations for.
I don’t like chocolate bars, though. And I haven’t eaten candy in months.
Plus, I was busy. Just not in a charitable state — with money or time — at the exact moment.
So, instead of copping out to not liking chocolate or not having money on me (though both would have been true), I was honest with the girl while not breaking stride of my walk.
“No thank you.”
Sometimes that’s all the answer that’s necessary.
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