Jenny and I sat down on a park bench and watched a bit anxiously from a short distance as Lori neared the group. Tourists, homeless men and college students had gathered to listen to street performers on Broughton Street jam out to (insert some rock song here that I don’t know the name of). Just a few minutes prior, we had passed this exact scene but as we continued to walk down the street something, rather someone, had struck Lori’s eye. She felt compelled to turn around, and so she did.
As Lori sat down next to one of the elderly homeless men, wandering eyes from various bystanders became intrigued and a bit surprised. A short conversation, followed by a wide grin and a quick kiss on the cheek ensued. As the three of us girls walked away, we all had tears in our eyes and gratitude in our hearts.
My tears? They came because of the selfless act of love I witness from my sweet friend Lori. I tend to lean towards the cheaper, more stingier side so when someone gives a stranger $100, I am shocked and overwhelmed by their abundance of generosity and my lack of it.
With the help of my friends, I am learning.
Question for you: Have you ever witnessed an extreme gesture of love from one stranger to another? Tell me in the comments section below because we all need to be reminded of the good.