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The View from My Rose-Colored Glasses

Once upon a time in a not so distant past, people would go door to door, campaigning for their special charity. Many people would answer their doors to strangers, listen to their cause, and donate a small token. But times have changed. Rarely, people campaign door to door, and rarely people donate to strangers.

It was just this past weekend the not so distant past came knocking on my door. It was a dark,cold evening, and two young men were standing outside, canvasing for their high schools charity. I gave them the suspicious  once over, decided they didn’t look like thugs, and let them in to warm up.

They were eager to discuss their schools campaign, they had pamphlets, they were knowledgable of the charity, and didn’t give me an uneasy feeling that I normally would get  from a  potential scammer. They seemed earnest, sincere, and very polite.

As I listened to their spiel – I decided I would donate a small sum to their campaign.  I filled out the donation form and asked  “So, are you guys having any luck with door to door donations?”

One young man responded, “The the last couple of hours have not been going well. But,  your small block has been quite generous and  has given us hope.”

I chuckled “Oh! It’s nice to hear our little  block has reaffirmed your hopes.”

 As the young men exited, I  closed the door, and Mr. MBA walked over with a small scowl on his face. “You do realize you just gave them this evening’s beer money?”

“I did not!”

“Oh! You so did!”

“Do you think they were scammers?”


‘But they had the pamphlets, they were polite, and there was nothing wrong with their body language.”

“You wanna bet?”

I was feeling cocky “I’ll bet you dinner at Chops  because I know I’m right.”

“So how are we going to prove who is right? And who is wrong?”

“Let’s google the school!”

We checked out the schools web site and yes they were campaigning for this very special cause.

I gave a whoop, a jump, and with gusto I exclaimed, “Take that!”

Mr. MBA sighed and rolled his eyes,”Fine. But it really doesn’t prove anything.”

It was true it really didn’t prove anything but it did get me dinner at Chops.

I wondered was I too optimistic about people?  Maybe Mr. MBA was right, and  it was beer money. As I begun to second guess my instincts…I thought  have we grown so cynical towards people that we need to question every motive? Worry about potential scammers?

 Instead, I pushed those thoughts aside and decided to enjoy the view from my rose-colored glasses. The view was of a not so distant past when people trusted the kindness of strangers and believed their motives were altruistic. It is after all the holidays, it is about the spirit of giving, and  believing the best in everyone.

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Darcie Cameron is a RYT 200 who believes Yoga is a gift that is accessible to everyone with proper modifications, a patient smile and just taking the time to breathe. One of the greatest presents you will ever unwrap is when you connect your mind, body and spirit in perfect sync with your own breath. Connect with Darcie on Facebook

10 replies

  1. I have a similar argument with my husband on a regular basis. I give everyone the benefit of the doubt, where as he sees to assume the worst. Drives me crazy!

    1. I think it’s good to give everyone the benefit of the doubt! and it’s nice to see young people out canvasing. You don’t see that much anymore – I think it’s important for young people to volunteer and develop a feeling of community 🙂

  2. Unfortunately, I think you are right that as a group we have grown so cynical that we don’t trust people. However, when push comes to shove, I think there are more honest, good people out there, than bad. Just the bad ones get all the attention….I try to trust my vibe too…

    1. I think when we become suspicous of everyone all the time then we’re missing out on oppourtunities to help others. But it’s also important to be cautious, trust your instincts, and do what works best for you 🙂

  3. I am on your side on this one as well. I work for a health charity and while we don’t typically go door to door any more, quite a few of our volunteers do to raise money for various events. A lot of them have struggled with our society’s increasing cynicism. Even when we have provided name tags and brochures and when the volunteer very clearly suffers from the disorder, it’s still not easy any more.

    I say, trust your instincts. If you were getting really good vibes I think you were probably right about them.

    1. It’s a shame that a few bad apples have made society so distrustful of other people. It’s time we took the step forward to be aware that not everyone is out to get us. Maybe I’m too optimistic but I really believe that if you trust your gut then you are usually right 🙂

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