Do not discriminate against the downtrodden for often they most understand ill fate…..
I haven’t cracked my laptop in weeks, I’ve enjoyed it and I had no plans to blog at all today or for a few days even. Then today changed, all within well… a minute or so! I was returning home via the interstate here and on the off ramp to the road that would take me on my way home turning right when I noticed in the first left turn lane (for some reason lefty’s get two righty’s get one… hrmm) there was some young kid stalled out at the end. Now this may seem to be just a simple bummer but we’re at the peak of rush hour and man it can get brutal.
Then something wonderful happened that changed my view of life and humanity as I have known it the last few days on it’s ass. There are a few “regular” vagrants living under this bridge, this underpass if you will. Well, 7 by my count over the last few weeks all the same all the time panhandling and what not. ALL 7 of them came rushing out and set up, one flagging and the other 6 preparing to push as the light turned green. The car in the far left lane knowingly hit his hazards so that they could cut in front of him to get to the gas station just a block away.
Not thinking, I cut over and wedged myself in front of the BMW that was trying to cut around, and shielding the car pushers as they managed to get the poor young kid up the street and to the gas station. The only person not cheering during rush hour when everyone is trying to get home on a Tuesday evening…. the BMW driver who was instead cursing me. I shrugged, continued to follow the car pushers and turned around to go back home.
often the greatest of humanity lies in those that have suffered
I sacrificed a block, those on the off ramp sacrificed 15 minutes. The so called “downtrodden vagrants” sacrificed sweat, energy, and a compassion that made my day. Everyone hooting and hollering and giving thumbs up, it reminded me that yes there is humanity out there. It reminded me that often the greatest of humanity lies in those that have suffered. I know several people who have rebuilt and done great things, truth be told that’s where I am at this point in my life. To see the “lowlife” come quickly to aid while one that is more apt to help attempt to skirt the entire issue putting others lives at risk was polarizing in my mind.
I promised myself if I ever happen into a bit of good luck and enough spare change and the same “Compassionate Seven” are still there, I will march my lucky ass right on up the street and buy each one of them dinner! What is interesting to think of and what is on my thoughts right now is that events like this happen every day, probably every minute across the globe. I cant help but realize how blessed I am at this point in my life.
This gives me a great appreciation for experience, a great hope for humanity and assistance, and a great reason to be a better person tomorrow.
So Mr. BMW, you will be forgotten probably by the time I publish this. To the “Compassionate Seven” I can only hope that my memory of your selflessness lives on throughout my life and actions and may you have touched the lives of all those others cheering out their windows at you as you assisted someone more fortunate. I spent almost an hour coming up with the top quote for this article but I cannot take credit for it inexplicably belongs to you.
Be a better person regardless of where you are in life, people are changed by the strangest of things!