I recently had a special night. I was bowling with some friends—where I am known both to have prolific gutter balls and random strikes. 🙂 However, what made it unique was Z.
Z was my Sudanese taxi cab driver for the evening. I usually walk everywhere in San Francisco, but tonight it was dark and so I took a cab. I love speaking with the drivers, because they are so knowledgeable, and have amazing life experiences from all across the world.
Z was from Sudan. We talked about how happy he was this evening about an Indian meal he ate that just “hit the spot,” and I also asked him about Sudanese food. How lovely to share and learn.
As I paid through credit card at the end of the ride, there wasn’t a place to leave a tip. “Don’t worry about it,” he said. “You can catch me next time.”
Well, we know finding the same taxi cab driver again is unlikely. Basically, Z was saying, it’s okay. Pass it on to others. It amazes me, his generosity, despite all the challenges he and his country have been through and are still facing. I was able to find a tip in cash, and he was so grateful and appreciative. But I was even more filled with love that someone was willing to be so relaxed about it, when we’re facing a challenging economic time.
Z demonstrates trust. He knows that good flows in and out of his life, and that it can’t be restricted. And that’s true for all of us.