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The Muffin Man

Written by Linda on . Posted in Coaching

Remember the story from the last blog, ‘The Other Mountain’ about the homeless man and the muffin…well this morning on my way back from early morning yoga, I bought another huge, warm, freshly baked, blueberry muffin, again to share with Garry for breakfast.  This is quickly becoming a habit I am noticing, and we all know it takes 21 days to form a new habit (thinking of the effect on my waistline now!)…I hesitated at the door of the health food shop (it was gluten free at least) and went back and bought a second one.  (In case the homeless man was in the subway – you’re ahead of me on this I know).

When I got to the subway there were people milling about everywhere and I looked through the crowds to see if he was there – and he was.  So I went around the people to give him his muffin.  As I got close to him, I paused, as a young woman went up to him, crouched down beside him and said ‘good morning, I have brought you some coffee and breakfast’.  She smiled and looked at him and he said ‘thank you’ and smiled back.

When I gave him a muffin last week it wasn’t like that.  I got embarrassed in the heat of the moment, and put the muffin down beside him, quietly said ‘I got you a muffin’, then hurried away without giving him eye contact.

What a difference – it made me think about style – not just what you do, but how you do it.

So, thank you to the young woman with great style and a good lesson for me at 8am in the subway (learning comes from the most unexpected of places, doesn’t it!)

I am ready and waiting to have a nice interaction with him the next time I have the opportunity to give him a muffin.  And you might be wondering what I did with the spare muffin…

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Comments (10)

  • I hope you and Garry ate it!

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    xx

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  • sally

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    This is a great story. Such an interesting observation.
    What you did was good too, of course!
    I am now looking forward to part three. How much will your action be enhanced by your connection with this guy? Be sure to let us know, from whichever mountain you are on. Keep up the good work. Sally x

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  • Jane Adshead Grant

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    Thank you Linda for another wonderful story and reminder. I look forward to your blog and am excited when it hits my inbox. Now that muffin is looking so delicious x

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  • Louise

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    Hi Linda, loving your blog and keeping us all up to date, glad all is well x

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  • Naomi Rawlings

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    I love your blog too. I love seeing it in my in-box and then look forward to opening your mail at the end of the day when I can sit down with a cup of tea to really digest the story telling and the moral of the story. Keep them coming. Wishing you lots of love and laughter, Naomi x

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  • Elizabeth Arthur

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    Not to jumnp on Jane’s bandwagon here but I am loving your updates, and I am waiting for the next installment. Will you be queuing for a visa and bringing him home with you – now there is a twist! Thank you for sharing the learning, good to remember how important human contact is and how some people in society gradually become invisible. On my FB page Linda there is a great interview with a homeless chap with his perspective of how his life is – very touching – how he watches commuters arrive and leave and he feels sad that he has nowhere to leave. Best, E

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  • Nick

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    Hi Linda

    Great human interest story and thank you for sharing it.

    I am guessing that either you altruistically shared with another homeless person or perhaps Garry got it this time!!

    Best wishes and please keep them coming….

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  • Gary B

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    Linda – really nice and a great reminder thatt its not what you do but the way that you do it – something we preach at Penna.
    hope you are enjoying the adventure

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    • Linda

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      Thanks Gary, and everyone for their lovely comments.I really appreciate you taking the time to reply.

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      • Elaine

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        Ha!Ha! I think he’s a smart cookie and little do you realise he’s breakfasting like a king!
        Keep us updated on the muffin man xx

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