This afternoon my hubby and I were wondering around Perth when we spotted a man begging on the street. I was struck by the contrast; people walking past him without a word, their hands filled with bags of shopping that they would be taking home to their loved ones. No one stopped. Instead people stepped around him without a word.
We went to a nearly chip shop and bought him a meal. Then we returned to him and I handed him the meal and £20 from my random act of kindness pot (generously donated by friends, family, strangers and businesses). I took his hand in mine and wished him a Merry Christmas. I began to walk away and he called me back.
I returned and crouched down beside him so I could hear him over the nearby traffic.
Taking both of my hands in his he hung his head as tears rolled down his cheeks.
“No one else…” he started but couldn’t finish as he cried happy tears.
“God bless you” he managed as he held each other’s hands, looking into each other’s eyes. Two strangers connected for a moment.
I can only guess what the end of his sentence may have been…no one else stops, no one else speaks, no one else connects…
I wish I’d sat with this man. I wish I’d given him more time to speak. I have no doubt he had many stories and lessons to share. During just our brief encounter I learnt more about the importance of kindness and human connection than anyone else has ever taught me.
Never underestimate the power you hold within you to connect with another person. How many of us rush past our fellow humans without pause, without connection, without a kind word or even a smile…’too busy’ with our own lives?
It costs nothing to let a stranger in need know that you see them, that you value them and that you care.
You never know the difference you will make or the ripples of kindness you will create.
As you enjoy your Christmas with those you love please take a moment to think about those who are less fortunate than yourself – those in hospital, those alone, those sick, those who have lost a loved one, those who don’t have a home….then make a pledge to do something to help them.
For a long time I didn’t think I’d make it to this Christmas and I intend to celebrate it like every other day of my life, by connecting with others.
Sending love and light to you and yours this Christmas Eve xxx