When I put out a call-to-action on Facebook asking friends and family to share heart warming stories of compassion for my Soul Candy series, I received an overwhelming response. This one comes from my friend Arlene who lives in Florida and witnessed how one simple gesture could make someone's day.
One of my very good friends and colleagues, Emily, experienced an interaction with two homeless people last fall that was incredibly touching. In NYC, we walk past the homeless time and time again and for some, they become invisible. Let's remember that they too, are people who are capable of love and need compassion. Next time you encounter a homeless person, acknowledge them when they speak to you. Even if you don't have a dollar to give them, let them know. Trust me, they appreciate just a simple answer. This story will touch your heart.
As my husband and I enjoy the holiday season, going to see the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center, watching Billy Joel perform at MSG and attending countless celebrations with family and friends, I'm reminded everyday how lucky we are in a world of complete chaos and unrest. For me, and I'm sure for most of you as well, it's becoming increasingly harder understand the hate in this world and it's with a heavy heart and hopeful soul that I write this post.