Jackie Chan once said, “Sometimes it takes only one act of kindness and caring to change a person’s life.”
For a person who experienced extreme suffering and sadness, it takes a lot of hope and courage for one to be able to see the beauty and humanity in this world.
And for a person who never lost hope and can still see the beauty and kindness in this world, it takes a big and compassionate heart to be able to help someone in need.
Then there was a young woman named Casey Fischer who changed a man’s entire life at a price no one would’ve ever imagined.
Fischer was at Dunkin’ Donuts when she saw a homeless man on the side of the road picking up change. He eventually went inside and started to count his money.
She started talking to the man, much to his annoyance. She noticed he only had about $1 in change in his hand, so she decided to buy him a coffee and bagel out of her own pocket.
In doing so, she asked the man to sit down with her. He obliged.
Fischer found out during their time at Dunkin’ that the man’s name was Chris. He talked about how people were usually cruel to him “because he was homeless.”
He also confessed to Fischer how drugs had “turned him into the person he hated.” Even after his mother’s death due to cancer, he ultimately just wanted to be a “person she could be proud of.”
Fischer said the two of them chatted for well over an hour before she realized she needed to get back to class. That’s when he told her to wait.
When she opened the note, that’s when she realized what had just happened was something much greater than just a bagel and coffee. Something greater than a friendly conversation.
“I wanted to kill myself today,” the note read. “…because of u I now do not. Thank u, beautiful person.”
If there is one thing that Casey made me realize, it’s that you don’t need a reason to help people. If all of us just do a random act of compassion and kindness daily to anyone or to anybody, we might just set the world in the right direction, and make this world a better place to live in.
If you were there at that exact place in exactly the same time, would you be doing the same as Casey did? I hope you would. I hope everyone would.
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