To Gift a Thief

Written by Master Charles Cannon, Will Wilkinson


You may have heard about the woman in Oklahoma who was robbed in a grocery store, confronted the thief, and convinced him to give her wallet back… then bought his groceries.

He was thoroughly embarrassed and confessed that he was just trying to feed his own kids, that he was dead broke, and he apologized. Then he cried as she paid $27 for his groceries.

What a remarkable example of compassion and understanding. So often snap judgments create “others” who we give impersonal names like thief, murderer, etc. These are people. They have a story. And there are always very human reasons for what they do, like this man trying to feed his children. There are wounds motivating their behavior.

We can judge their methods or we can be a healer. What’s fair? What’s right? What would make a difference? This woman showed us what’s possible when we come from our hearts, not our heads, and choose to provide an answer, not revenge or punishment.

About the Author

Master Charles Cannon

Master Charles Cannon

Master Charles Cannon is a modern spiritual teacher, founder of Synchronicity Foundation for Modern Spirituality, and developer of the High-Tech Meditation and Holistic Lifestyle experience. His work over the past 40 years has helped transform the lives of millions worldwide who respect him as one of the truly innovative spiritual teachers of our time.

Will Wilkinson

Will Wilkinson

Will Wilkinson has been a professional collaborative writer for decades. He has two of his own non-fiction books In print, a novel on the verge and two more non-fiction books in final edit stages. Meanwhile, he collaborates with contemporary wisdom keepers, helping them discover and refine their voice.