Today, we had a little girl in our shop (about 8 or 9 years old) who said she had some books she wanted to sell and would I be interested. I looked at them and they were, quite frankly, not worth anything – even someone like me who specialises in new books and is still on a steep learning curve as far as second hand book is concerned could see that.
I looked at this little girl’s face. There was a look of intense concentration and worry there. So rather than say “Sorry, they’re not worth anything”, I ended up offering her more than I’ll probably get for them myself. Her face lit up, her eyes glowed and the smile spread across her face. And she thanked me.
And then a few minutes later, her mother came in and thanked me.
As I say, I’ll never be rich.
But there are more important things than money.