I woke up late this morning, rushed to get ready, and jumped in my car without waiting for the heater to banish the morning chill. As I waited at a stoplight, I could see my breath in the air and I was very grateful for the warm air beginning to come through my car’s heating vents. I casually looked out my window and saw a homeless man sitting on a bench. He had a small cart of belongings beside him, and he was much colder than I was. He was very striking with a long grey beard and a crinkled face.
As I was watching him, a thirty something year old man hopped out of a car beside him. He walked up to the homeless man with a smile, shook his hand, and gave him a hot meal from a fast food place. The gratitude shining in the old man’s face is something that I won’t easily forget. The young man drove away feeling happy at the chance he had to help another human being. He’ll never know about the difference he made in the life of someone he didn’t even know was watching.
I wanted to send a thank you out into the void today to that good samaritan. He and others like him are the everyday heroes that are truly inspiring. By following their example we can all make a difference in this world one person at a time.