Leaving the Door of Compassion Open
--by monkeyinpajamas, posted Oct 17, 2009
Two days ago I was woken up at 1 AM. My roomie stood at the door (she was returning from a club) along with a huge middle aged man with long hair.
"Please let him in", she told me, "He has been locked out of his apartment". She had seen him , cold and shivering (it had snowed the previous night) and immediately asked him to sleep at our place. He was a law student in his fifties who had been doing his homework at the laundromat when he found he had left his keys in his house.
I'll be honest, I'm pretty square. I have never had a strange man sleep in my house before. My roommate and I are both less than 5 ft 3 and we have been asked to 'not speak to strangers' since we were kids.Not to mention we're in a new city that we have lived in for less than a month. And here we were, soon giving the man my blanket and pillows. He accepted our hospitality with reluctance and decency and as soon as dawn broke he spoke to maintenance and got back into his apartment.
The next day he came to our house beaming, telling us he owes us big time for not being frozen out in the cold. He left us a beautiful card saying - "Thank you so much. Your actions were so sincere. What are the chances that two really beautiful women let you sleep in their house when you're frozen cold?"
He cooked us a wonderful simple 'thank you' dinner over which he told us about his life (barber, vietnam vet, priest, law student) . He told us how he was completely touched by our concern for a total stranger. I learnt a lot that evening. As he narrated how once he brought a homeless man in to eat Christmas dinner with his family, a lump rose in my throat.
My chain-smoking, compulsive drinking roommate taught me a huge lesson : Let go of your fear, always leave the door of compassion open and you can never go wrong.
And I still have goosebumps.
I have read your story many times and also e mailed them to many and i salute you for helping a stranger in the middle of the night and not being afraid to provide lodging a stranger. Not many girls would have done what you did. You really listened to your heart not to the mind. Your story brings a lump in my throat.
God bless you both
V . G . Sundar
Much love and hugs,