I first encountered this poem about fifteen years ago and this one line won't let go of me.
Leniency has become a central ethic of mine, and I know I am not at my best when I act in ways contrary to it.
From time to time, in this blog, I'll write about small incidents where I was lenient.
For the interested, my hope is the illustrations will help you understand this principle.
Today I went to the taqueria inside Plaza Latina Supermarket.
I order a regular burrito with pork, a side of beans and rice, and a soda.
I picked up my order, sat down to begin eating it. I needed a knife and fork and when I went to the counter to pick them up, the woman working the counter said:
"Didn't you order two burritos?"
"No. I ordered one."
"Oh. I charged you for two. Do you still have your receipt?"
I dug it out of my pocket and, sure enough, she charged me for two burritos.
I replied, "I'll take the other burrito home. I'll bet I'd like to have another burrito today."
"Are you sure?"
She smiled broadly.