Saturday, 11 July 2015
Such a beautiful moment. The curious were wondering what all the fuss was about when they saw the crowd gathered in the street. After the cameras had gone, some approached the man and gave him money too. Some who happened to be passing by may even have returned to him. Yet, it took a group of anonymous individuals to embrace their own humanity and inspire others. Why wait for inspiration when you can be the inspiration? What is it that prevents us from going up to that homeless person on the street and just giving them a moment of our time or even to sit down and listen to their story? Is it the fear and embarrassment of being seen wasting our precious time on such a low life? We are so quick to judge, yet we have just met the most important person of our entire lives and if we believe in God, it is the closest to him we have ever been. Even a momentary gentle smile to a stranger can brighten their day and turn their private tears of despair, trauma and fear into tears of peace, joy and hope. We are each more wealthy than we realise, since the gift of love is something we can take with us when we're dead and leave with someone forever, and all it takes is a second of our time. Afterwards, we can return to being the career `minded' professional in front of the early evening TV dinner and daily soap opera.