Wednesday, December 03, 2008

A story of Humanity


I didn't write this, however I wish I had. Please read it is truly inspiring.


Breakfast at McDonald's


This is a good story and is true, please read it all the way through until the end!

(After the story, there are some very interesting facts!):


I am a mother of three (ages 14, 12, 3) and have recently completed my college degree.

The last class I had to take was Sociology.


The teacher was absolutely inspiring with the qualities that I wish every human

being had been graced with.


Her last project of the term was called, 'Smile.'


The class was asked to go out and smile at three people and document their reactions.
I am a very friendly person and always smile at everyone and say hello anyway.

So, I thought this would be a piece of cake, literally.


Soon after we were assigned the project, my husband, youngest son, and I went out to McDonald's one crisp March morning.


It was just our way of sharing special playtime with our son.


We were standing in line, waiting to be served, when all of a sudden everyone

around us began to back away, and then even my husband did.


I did not move an inch... an overwhelming feeling of panic welled up inside of me

as I turned to see why they had moved.


As I turned around I smelled a horrible 'dirty body' smell, and there standing

behind me were two poor homeless men.


As I looked down at the short gentleman, close to me, he was 'smiling'


His beautiful sky blue eyes were full of God's Light as he searched for acceptance.


He said, 'Good day' as he counted the few coins he had been clutching.


The second man fumbled with his hands as he stood behind his friend.

I realized the second man was mentally challenged and the blue-eyed gentleman

was his salvation.


I held my tears as I stood there with them. The young lady at the counter

asked him what they wanted..


He said, 'Coffee is all Miss' because that was all they could afford. (If they wanted to sit in the restaurant and warm up, they had to buy something. He just wanted to be warm).


Then I really felt it - the compulsion was so great I almost reached out and embraced the little man with the blue eyes.


That is when I noticed all eyes in the restaurant were set on me,

judging my every action.


I smiled and asked the young lady behind the counter to give me two more breakfast meals on a separate tray. I then walked around the corner to the table that the men had chosen as a resting spot.


I put the tray on the table and laid my hand on the blue-eyed gentleman's cold hand.


He looked up at me, with tears in his eyes, and said, 'Thank you.'


I leaned over, began to pat his hand and said, 'I did not do this for you. God is here working through me to give you hope.'


I started to cry as I walked away to join my husband and son.


When I sat down my husband smiled at me and said, 'That is why God gave you to me, Honey, to give me hope..'


We held hands for a moment and at that time, we knew that only because of the Grace that we had been given were we able to give.


We are not church goers, but we are believers.


That day showed me the pure Light of God's sweet love.


I returned to college, on the last evening of class, with this story in hand.


I turned in 'my project' and the instructor read it.


Then she looked up at me and said, 'Can I share this?' I slowly nodded as she got the

attention of the class.


She began to read and that is when I knew that we as human beings and being part of God share this need to heal people and to be healed. In my own way I had touched the people at McDonald's, my son,the instructor, and every soul that shared the classroom on the last night I spent as a college student.


I graduated with one of the biggest lessons I would ever learn:


UNCONDITIONAL ACCEPTANCE.


Much love and compassion is sent to each and every person who may read this and learn how to LOVE PEOPLE AND USE THINGS - NOT LOVE THINGS AND USE PEOPLE.


There is an Angel who was sent to watch over me and I thank g-d everyday I have him in my life. You know who you are friend and I am so proud of you! You know you've been my inspiration and as you said not too long ago "it's not about the stuff my dear or the money, that's not important". My reply "you are so right my friend."


People will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart. To handle yourself, use your head.. To handle others, use your heart. God Gives every bird it's food, but He does not throw it into its nest.


I have a special request for all of you. Before running out and spending gobs of money on gifts for friends and family this holiday season just for the sake of impressing, do something that matters. Open your wallets and give to those who are in need. Truly in need! Make a difference. Have a truly blessed holiday!

12 comments:

Snowflowers Mum said...

and that my friend is the meaning of life.

Mimi said...

*sniff*

Vivian M said...

Drat Rony, you made me cry! What a beautiful story.

Heza Hekele said...

Beautiful.

Yoli said...

One of our biggest gifts to the universe is compassion.

Elyssium Earth said...

*tears*

Kristy said...

Oh Rony as I sit her just crying like a baby, you are so right and I thank you for posting this. My sister Kerry and I are always doing something for the needy, homeless, or whatever on the side of the road or in parking lots and let me tell you we have some stories of places and things we have done and been to, just to help or give a meal that if our husbands found out or heck if our Daddy found out he would whip our a**es even as old and grown up as we are!!!! But we are here to help each other , not to shun each other, and that is my prayer that not just at Christmas but all the time that people learn to accept more and judge less.

Beautiful post Rony.
Love and blessings, Kristy

kris said...

absolutely beautiful.

crazylady said...

What if I don't eat at McDonalds?

Could I spread the love at say, a Pita pit?

Girl, feel the love. I get the point. I've been beating this in your head for years now. :)

Vivian M said...

You've been tagged! Check out my blog for details. It's silly, but fun!

Cindy from central NC said...

oh Rony...shame on me for not reading and keeping up with your posts as this is truly a very very inspirational essay and I'm so glad you offered it up....

You elevate us all...

-cindy

rottylover79 said...

WOW...now that was very inspiring. Thanks for sharing. What a wonderful way to start my day!