Stories of Kindness from Around the World

An Unexpected Light

--by brighteyes, posted Oct 8, 2007

"As I waited at a busy intersection in our city  for the red light to change to green,  I glanced left; seeing an elderly man groping about on the curb.

He had fallen off of his motorized cart which had lurched a few yards ahead of him, and was crawling off the sidewalk onto the road to pick up his front basket ( which was now in the path of oncoming traffic).

Without a second thought, I rushed over to help him to his feet, and although unsteady and shaken, I was able to walk him to his cart, and help him back onto the seat and reattach his basket. As he glanced up at me, he smiled and said, “Thank you.”

I made sure that he was OK to continue on and then I returned to my car, which I had left at the intersection.

Nobody was honking. They just stared at me. In fact, one pedestrian looked at me from across the street and gave me a big smile and a thumb’s up.

The ironic thing is that I am a big man, usually dressed in biker gear and known to cast a big shadow. Most people avoid me and would think I'd be the last person to offer a helping hand to someone in need. Looks can be deceiving!

The smile on that gentleman's face made my day and put smiles on the faces of many others around me."

Story by C.Pearce

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Readers Comments

anonimus wrote: C.Pearce.......True..looks are deceiving...You never know where kindness will come from.....thanks for sharing you lovely story with blessed
katlampi wrote: That is a really great act of kindness. Most people (regardless of who we are and what we look like) see the need, yet don't help because they don't want to deal with the judgments of others. You are indeed a good samaritan. Thank you for sharing this with us.
streetmonkey wrote: right on! way to take the initiative. so many people seem to be waiting for others to do something to help someone. my grandma fell in the street a year ago and not a single person helped her get up. she was pretty shaken up. im grateful to you for helping the man. i'm sure he is too. everyone is family! much love
smoothsugardoll wrote: The bigger the man the more room for a big heart. God made a special person in you.
beanie wrote: In the world we live in it is still possible to make a difference regardless of how big or small. Even just a smile can light up someone's life.
speedi wrote: What a wonderful thing to do,,,Bless you!
pandalo wrote: that must have been so inspiring to the others who saw u. i hope they learn from your action
aogrn wrote: your a gentle giant
akbj wrote: Great act of instant kindness, you helped that man & I'm sure it was unexpected to him, plus others noticed, & it made their day too. Good story.
Daisies wrote: AAWWWWWW super cute,...hehe thanks for sharing!

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