While backpacking through America I spent some time in New York City. This is where I had a delightful encounter with a tramp which I shall never forget.
He came up to me begging for a quarter. By that time in my travels I was fed-up with being accosted by tramps asking for money. I reluctantly handed over a quarter, while at the same time engaging him in a discussion about why I needed the money more than he did. To my surprise he listened to my story, then handed my money back, saying he agreed with me, I needed the money more than he did. With smiles and cheers we went our separate ways. I was so amazed that he took the time to listen and respond in such an unexpected manner.
The life lesson here is that if you are genuine and share your truth, people will open their hearts in return.