I know we have met on countless ocassions to discuss all the bad and grim things that happen in the world on a daily basis. Amidst all, it is easy to be disillusioned. It is easy to assume the worst of people and it is indeed easy to believe that humanity is dead.
But then, out of a sudden, a miracle happens and it makes you ponder that maybe there’s still hope. Fortunately, for you, me and the entire world, today is one of those days.
Jessica Bell, a Chicago-based attorney was travelling when she noticed an act of selflessness- a young man gave his snow boots to an old, homeless man wearing only torn gym shoes. She took to Facebook to share the story and it’ll move you. Read it here.
There’s another man on the other side of the doors; he’s younger, carrying a satchel and a suitcase, also minding his own business. He’s wearing a pair of big black snow boots. They look new; they look expensive; they’re built for a Chicago winter.
Quietly, in a blink and you’ll miss it fashion, the younger man takes off the boots he’s wearing and passes them to the old man. He opens his suitcase and gives him a pair of socks as well.
The young man puts on a spare pair of shoes from the suitcase. These shoes are nice too, but not as nice as the boots. They would have fit the old man just as well, but they were not what this old man needed.
He tells the old man to try and clean his feet and to make sure he changes into the new socks as soon as he can and then the young man gets off at 87th.Those of us who are close enough to see and hear the exchange are floored.
The shoes off his feet.
I love my shit-hole city. I love that in a time and place where hate and apathy are rampant, quiet compassion appears without warning. I pray that we all are compelled to do similar. I pray that we all allow empathy to invoke action. I pray that we never forget that we have always had the power to be a blessing.
I’m inspired to continue to try to “be the change” and I pray you are too.
UPDATE: I gave the young man my card and told him how blessed I was just witnessing his heart. So now we can put a face and a story to this inspiration.”
Needless to say, the post has gone viral on Facebook with over 15,000 shares and 31,000 reactions.
And I don’t know about you but my faith in humanity is restored. We need more kind and caring souls like the young man in the world.