Updated: Sep 28
Wednesday, September 27th, 2023
Bloor St., Toronto
I was walking northbound and I saw a man literally litter by throwing an empty beverage can to the side, but on the street. He saw that I was watching him. His look was candid (no pun intended). No, actually he had a look of guilt on his face, especially when I spoke.
"Did you really feel you had to do that? Couldn't you just throw the can in the nearby bin?" As I said that, I pointed out to where I thought there was a municipal place for garbage, but as I looked ahead, I didn't see such a throw out bin.
The man with an Eastern European accent, and who appeared half guilty and half justified in what he did, gave a slight shake of the head and said, "People keep throwing their stuff in front of my store."
There, I saw he runs a store, part confectionary and part electronics, from what I could tell. I decided to terminate questioning him and just kept walking. It was getting late, but I do hope that the man thinks twice before he tosses refuse in the air and contributing to the mode of ignorance.
I thought about the incident more and queried myself as to whether I had done the absolute best in my response. On record, though, I felt I could have done better – maybe step backwards and pick up the can, carry it, and dispose of it at the earliest opportunity. I felt good about challenging the man, but could have gone a bit further in keeping Krishna's world cleaner.
So often we dismiss opportunities and say, "That's not my job!"
TSK! TSK! I'm guilty! I'm sorry, Krishna!
MAY THE SOURCE BE WITH YOU!