I have practiced one little discipline for many years. The first time each day that someone asks me for money on the street, I give either fifty cents or a dollar. I have long since stopped worrying about whether or not this is good social policy. I figure that my meager amount will neither make nor break the person I give it to. Instead, I use these encounters as reminders that whatever possessions I have at the time are more than enough.

Gregory F. A. Pierce, Spirituality @ Work