Upon stepping outside your house you realize that it’s a surprisingly mild day in Paris. The streets are bare for it’s Sunday morning which means a day of relaxation and family time for the local Parisians.
You stroll into an empty park and take in the beauty of the grounds and overall atmosphere surrounding you. A slight breeze stirs the leaves beneath your feet, blowing a piece of paper beneath your feet. Instantly you realize it’s not just paper but yet a bill; 10 euro to be exact.
The obvious action comes to mind and the bill slides quickly into your jacket pocket. You get a little high of having something you didn’t have 10 seconds ago and your mind starts to spin.
You could treat yourself to a warm croissant and an espresso.
Maybe you’d like a new hat or a pair of gloves.
You could have a couple glasses of wine at happy hour that evening
Your mind continues to discover the endless possibilities with what a mere ten euros could do for you.
You continue to walk through the park and into the quiet city and you’re thinking about what you’re going to do with that small bill. You pass cafes, shops and other pedestrians along the way none with a clue of what you found, just a short 10 minutes before.
Continuing on your journey, you come across a boy, and what looks to be his mother. laying on a mattress on the cold streets of Paris but you pass by like you do on any other occasion. Looking back you notice the empty starbucks cup waiting to be replenished with the days essential salary, but has yet to be filled.
Without thinking you return to that empty cup and do what your heart tells you is the right thing to do.
They didn’t beg nor did they talk but you know you changed their day with the faint smile on the young boys face. You aren’t aware of what how they will choose to spend it but you know they can use it. We all can use money no matter how much or how little we have.
You continue on your journey with the vision of that hot espresso and croissant long gone but the satisfaction of your choices elevated higher than you would have imagined.
Life goes on as if nothing had ever happened that day but inside you’ll never forget the smile on that boys face and how you changed his day.
As humans we are consumers; it’s inevitable, but the amount of our consumption is a choice.
Ten euros can’t buy a lot in today day and age but it’s still more than a lot of people can say they have in their pocket.
What would you do if you came across 10 euros laying on the ground in an abandoned park?