Stories of Kindness from Around the World

Encounter with an Albino Blind Man


--by twiceblessed, posted Jul 8, 2007
Strolling down the streets of New York can be jarring reflection about the state of humanity -- a business man in suit and tie tries to optimize his time by walking and reading newspapers at the time, a thirty-something waitress zips by with her restaurant apron half off and is intently looking at that handheld blackberry; a high school girl is on her cell phone cussing at someone in her Brooklyn accent.

Trying to catch my subway train to Penn Station, I felt the New York Minute rush also. Until I notice an albino man ahead of me, walking very purposefully, taking very small, slow, intentional steps. He was blind. For every step he took, he would swing his stick couple of times to get the lay of the land in front of him.

I passed him in no time, like everyone else. But then, I looked back at his rhythmic steps. This time, I notice the innocently placed, slightly crooked hat on his head. I walk back to him.

"Hello Sir! How are you doing today?" I ask him in an upbeat tone. "Why just great. How are you doing today?" "Oh, excellent." "Well, I'm very happy to hear the good reeeport," he said in his New Yorrrrrker accent.

Somehow that statement struck me deeply he was genuinely happy that I was doing good. "What is your name?" I ask. "Eduard. And yours?" he says while extending his hand out for a hand shake. Juxtaposed with streams of people zipping by, our conversation seems to have created an island of stillness.

Couple minutes later, we conclude. "Well, you have yourself a wonnnnnderful day now," Eduard says. "Thank you for the blessings," I reply. "Yeah, we all need blessin's from each other." "We sure do. You have a great day too," I say while walking ahead of him.

As I'm about ten feet away, I turn around to hear a faint whispher amidst the taxi-driver screeches. "And thank you for stopping by to talk to me."

I didn't reply because I didn't know if he wanted me to hear that. But I did.

I walked silently and slowly with the wish that everyone would take two minutes of their time to pause for blessings from an albino blind man.
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Readers Comments

cate wrote: That story has really inspired me and taught me a lesson of how people feel happy when you say hey to them. Infact we should be taking our time to say hey to other people when we do that with happinness that happiness will always come at our side.
Greeting is very important part of our life especcially to people which society
marginalize.
kwabena wrote: Nice story and encounter with the arcangels. I think u realy listened to the small voice still voice within you. You blessed so many. Thank you
Donovan wrote: Truely inspiring.I`m looking for lots of inspiring stories on daily basis.This I use to inspire youth over South-Africa. Your story made me realise how people behave in the same manner,regardless where we stay.Fantastic eye-opener.Great Story
Ivy wrote: This is a nice story that reminds all of us to respect people and to slow down and notice others. It would be such a nicer world if we all did this and "labeled jars and not people" Kudos to you for stopping and making a difference.
Suzie wrote: Kindness is something you cannot give away, for it will always come back to you! I'm sure your great feeling inside your heart was a wonderful reward for this unexpected blessing!
Dan wrote: Every person we meet in life is a gift from God. How we treat that person is our return gift to God. You already know that.
Kater wrote: Thank you for taking a moment to reach out in love and another to inspire us to do the same. :) I have posted a quote by Rachel Remen in my workplace of late: When you help, you see likfe as weak. When you fix, you see life as broken. When you SERVE you see life as whole. Fixing and helping may be the work of the ego, and SERVICE the work of the soul. Thank you for being of SERVICE. I will attempt to honor that today by and looking for opportunities to serve too.
trahan1978 wrote: yeah new yorkers can be rude at times but they also can be kind if they try I know god has special plans for those who see alot different then us
Mary wrote: I work with a person with blindness and we have become very good friends. We have been on outings together and it's amazing the way people tend to look away from people like her who are handicapped, instead of embracing them as someone who may not have a disability. I read this story and got a smile in my heart that there are others who spread God's love around to all who need it. Thank you!
Oyewale wrote: You are such a wonderful creature. If everyone in the world can learn how to lend a helping hand, the world will be a better place to live.

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