Don’t we all?


Don’t we all?

I was parked in front of the mall wiping off my car. I had just come from the car wash and was waiting for my wife to get out of work. Coming my way from
across the parking lot was what society would consider a bum. From the looks of him, he had no car, no home, no clean clothes, and no money. There are
times when you feel generous but there are other times that you just don’t want to be bothered. This was one of those “don’t want to be bothered times.”
“I hope he doesn’t ask me for any money,” I thought. He didn’t. He came and sat on the curb in front of the bus stop but he didn’t look like he could have
enough money to even ride the bus.

After a few minutes he spoke. “That’s a very pretty car,” he said. He was ragged but he had an air of dignity around him. His scraggly blond beard kept
more than his face warm. I said, “thanks,” and continued wiping off my car. He sat there quietly as I worked. The expected plea for money never came. As
the silence between us widened something inside said, “ask him if he needs any help.” I was sure that he would say “yes” but I held true to the inner voice.
“Do you need any help?” I asked. He answered in three simple but profound words that I shall never forget. We often look for wisdom in great men and women.
We expect it from those of higher learning and accomplishments. I expected nothing but an outstretched grimy hand. He spoke the three words that shook
me.

“Don’t we all?” he said.

I was feeling high and mighty, successful and important above a bum on the street; until those three words hit me like a twelve gauge shotgun. “Don’t we
all”?

I needed help. Maybe not for bus fare or a place to sleep, but I needed help. I reached in my wallet and gave him not only enough for bus fare, but enough
to get a warm meal and shelter for the day.

Those three little words still ring true. No matter how much you have, no matter how much you have accomplished, you need help too. No matter how little
you have, no matter how loaded you are with problems, even without money or a place to sleep, you can give help. Even if it’s just a compliment, you can
give that. You never know when you may see someone that appears to have it all. They are waiting on you to give them what they don’t have. A different
perspective on life, a glimpse at something beautiful, a respite from daily chaos, which only you through a torn world can see. Maybe the man was just
a homeless stranger wandering the streets. Maybe he was more than that. Maybe he was sent by a power that is great and wise, to minister to a soul too
comfortable in himself. Maybe God looked down, called an Angel, dressed him like a bum, and said, “go minister to that man cleaning the car, that man needs
help.”

Don’t we all?

Therefore no matter how little you have, no matter how loaded you are with problems, even without money or a place to sleep, you can give help.

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3 Responses to Don’t we all?

  1. Sean Randall says:

    Thanks for a profoundly insightful post. it’s always good to stop and think, this was one of those times for me today.

  2. AANCHAL AGRAWAL says:

    its nice

  3. That’s happened to me several times. I’ll see someone who looks as if he or she’s living in desperate deprivation and offer help. But the person responds by offering me insight and often a smile.
    When this happens I smile back and thank them for the new perspective they’ve given me, but do not go on and hold out a dollar as I’d intended. It would feel like a insult even though every appearance indicates money would be much appreciated.

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