An Invisible Thread

invisible thread

“The true story of an 11-year-old panhandler, a busy sales executive, and an unlikely meeting with destiny”

Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski

This book could have been SUPER cheesy. But while I do have a soft spot for that type of story now and then, this story was actually riveting. A few weeks back while in DC I wrote a post about the internal struggle I feel every time I walk by a homeless person. So this is a topic that has been on my mind a lot lately.

Ultimately, in the author’s words, this is simply a story of “two people with complicated pasts and fragile dreams” . In one exchange, a split second decision changed both their lives forever. Continue reading

Seeking Human Kindness

Since moving to a city, one of the most difficult things I have been grappling with is my reaction to the homeless individuals I pass everyday on my way to work.

When I was a bratty middle schooler, wayy too concerned with being popular (that never really worked out for me), my mom told me; “every human being deserves the dignity of a response.” Its been over a decade and this has stuck with me as one of the best pieces of advice I have ever received. Every time I power walk past someone on the side of the street, eyes straight forward as though they aren’t even there, I feel this piece of advice nag at the back of my mind.

I may not have significant means, but I am lying to myself if I think that I can’t help. Like so many others, I’m guilty of spending money frivolously. I can strut by a homeless man, and stop halfway down the block to spend five dollars on a coffee at Starbucks. There is something fundamentally wrong with that.

And BEYOND money. By the simple good fortune of circumstance society tells me I’m allowed to ignore these people’s reality. In a sense, this renders them invisible. But every human being deserves the dignity of a response.

I walked by a man the other day with a sign that simply read “seeking human kindness”.

Aren’t we all?