Nobody exactly chooses to be homeless. But for a wide variety of reasons, including mental illness, many end up on the street.
Despite this, many people continue to hold a negative attitude and perspective on homelessness, calling homeless people lazy, and self entitled. This is an attitude that we together have to work to eradicate.
What happens when we reach out to people less fortunate with kindness and sympathy? A simply better world, if you ask me.
Perhaps that's why I felt sharing this story was so important, and I certainly hope it spreads further, as it teaches us that it is actually possible to make a difference - and often this comes with the smallest, simplest act...
It all began one day in early August, as Lisa Lemming Jackson was out shopping at her local supermarket in Georgia, USA.
As she roamed between aisles, she suddenly made eye contact with an elderly man in shabby clothes. He certainly looked like he could use some help.
She realized that the man was homeless and that something wasn't right.
And her hunch was right - read Lisa's own words about the event below:
"Just spent 2 hrs with a elderly man at Kroger. It started with me just smiling at him, making eye contact ....
As I walked past him he looked like he needed something . I went back and asked him if I could help him. Tears welled up in his eyes and he said:
I have colon cancer and I have had a really bad accident , if I get up out of this cart everyone will know ... What should I do? ".
The look of his dignity lost left me with a lump in my throat.
From that moment on, Kroger staff quickly fetched us wipes , undergarments and discreetly took him to their employer bathroom Area where he was given clothes."
"He cried and apologized.
He said he had to hurry his wife was at home alone. When we walked to the register we found his groceries all bagged and somehow paid for.
He cried harder."
"He said he fought in Vietnam and Korean War and loved his country, but up until day he said he thought his country forgot about him.
We both cried and I shared with him my own struggles and fears... He gave me words of wisdom and encouraged me that maybe after all, humanity still does care about one another.
Today proved it.
Thank you Elmer , thank you Kroger and thank you God for the lesson and reminder I received today."
See Lisa's original post here:
I think that this woman is an excellent example of how small actions can make a huge difference.