What Are You Going to Do?

Photo Credit: DrTH80 via Flickr

Photo Credit: DrTH80 via Flickr

A week or so ago, I read a short story on Face Book that served as a great reminder why we should take some time each day to help other people. Even though I don’t know who authored the following tale, I thought that it would be a good thing to share with everyone.

After my morning classes at SFU, I spotted a man sitting outside all alone, shivering, pale and with a look of sadness in his eyes.

I asked him how he was doing, he responded, “Cold and alone. I miss my wife.” I walked away not knowing what to say or do. About a block later I found myself walking into a Starbucks on the corner of Seymour and Hastings. I went in, purchased a grande coffee and a muffin and my feet did the rest. I walked back to this man, sat down, handed him the hot coffee and asked him where his wife was. He looked at me for a couple seconds with tears in his eyes as he whispered, “She died on Monday, breast cancer. I’ve been sitting here since then. You’re the first person to ask me if I was okay.”

After talking for 15 minutes he explained that he was a WWII veteran and he met his late wife at a hospital in Europe. She was a nurse, he was an injured soldier. It turns out that him and his wife were both Italian. This man had lost the only person that he ever loved.

So…today…do something nice for a stranger. I know that we’re all busy with work, school and trivial things like wondering what we are going to get for Christmas.

Remember, we all have the potential to make the world a better place. It only takes a few minutes to brighten someone’s day. So…what are you going to do?

  8 comments for “What Are You Going to Do?

  1. December 7, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    Reblogged this on Through the Eyes of This Calvinist.

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  2. December 7, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    I did a couple of kindness acts today – YAY

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  3. December 8, 2013 at 3:12 am

    Nice! I always enjoy seeing people doing these sort of things. It doesn’t take much to make another person’s day just a bit better.

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  4. December 8, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    A timely reminder that the best time to start helping others is now.

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  5. December 8, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Heartwarming, but I still cried. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Kay Montanaro
    December 9, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    There are a lot of kind and caring people. We all should try to be one of them. It doesn’t take too much to reach out to someone.

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  7. December 12, 2013 at 4:51 am

    what a kind hearted person, touched and inspired. thank you for sharing this.

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