Don’t let the headlines fool you: humanity and kindness are everywhere in our world. Journalist Autumn Barnes recently shared the story of one man who had an interview emergency, and the stranger who came to his rescue. Oliver Muensterer, a young professional, was traveling for a job interview. He took care to prepare, arriving the night before and staying in a hotel to ensure he’d not be rushed for the interview or tired from a three-hour trip.
Barnes relates, “When he woke up the next morning, he took a shower and started to get dressed. Just then, he noticed that he’d forgotten to pack a white dress shirt.
‘I thought I had prepared perfectly for everything. I had a tie, I had my suit, but somehow I had forgotten the shirt,’ Muensterer said. This discovery sent Muensterer into a panic. He only had about an hour until he needed to be at the interview. He rushed down to the lobby and went to the front desk to ask the man behind the counter if he could suggest a nearby store where he could buy a new shirt.
‘[I] went to the guy and said, “I’m really in a lot of trouble. I have this really important job interview in an hour. And somehow I forgot my dress shirt at home,”’ Muensterer remembered. ‘He listened to my story. And I hardly had ended it [when] he said, ‘I have a solution.’”
But rather than directing Muensterer to a nearby shop, the desk attendant did something surprising. Without saying a word, he took off his own white dress shirt and handed it to Muensterer.”
Sometimes people will actually give you the shirt off their back out of sheer kindness! Read—or listen to—the story here.