I had to post this:
I just came across this amazing story about a New York social worker, Julio Diaz. He was mugged one night at knife-point. The young man asked for his wallet, he handed it over. But Diaz called him back and offered his coat. The mugger was stunned, and naturally suspicious. Diaz just replied, if the young man was willing to risk jail for a few dollars, he must need the money more than himself.
Diaz offered to buy his young mugger dinner, and they actually ended up having dinner in Diaz's favourite diner. The young man eventually returned Diaz his wallet -- and he surrendered his knife.
"I figure, you know, if you treat people right, you can only hope that they treat you right. It's as simple as it gets in this complicated world."
[Full story here]
Diaz's self-possession is what amazes me. If someone was pointing a knife at me, I would be too scared to see that the mugger was cold, and I certainly wasn't about to offer to buy him dinner.
This is true lovingkindness in action.