My friend Stephen and his wife were having breakfast in Manhattan (where they live) when Stephen noticed a woman sitting alone in the corner of the restaurant crying. Rather than minding his own business, he got up, walked over, and asked ifHug.
he could help.
The woman explained that she was new to the city, and, since she didn't have any close friends nearby, felt lonely and afraid. With that, she burst into tears again. Stephen sat down beside her and gently put his arm around her while she cried. Through her sobs she also mentioned that it was her birthday. As he continued to simply be present with her pain, he felt his sense of helplessness melt away. They both experienced a bit of healing from this surprise encounter.
Monday, October 01, 2001
Mend fences, make a loved one more of a priority, or help a stranger in some small way.