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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Gary Graefen: On Kindness

I tried to be nice to you,

You saw something ugly and then turned away,

I took back my kindness,

and then walked away.

Simple acts of kindness are exactly that.

Stop looking for ulterior motives.

From those whose only desire is to hope you are happy.

40 years ago, about this time of year I was homeless, lost and starving. Sleeping in an old van at night. Trying desperately to find work by day. After 13 days of not eating I expected to die. One evening I found an old knife, and saw a man walking on the other side of the street. I decided that I was going to rob him and take his wallet. I started to cross the street towards him. Half way there I threw the knife, broke down, fell to my knees in the middle of the street and cried God why is this happening please help me. I left and feel asleep. The very next day a person I knew pounded on the Van and yelled Graefen come on, I think you got a job. I walked 3 miles to meet a man named Joe Birkin. He hired me that day, looked at me and said you don't have any money do you Gary. I said no, I don't. He didn't really even know me yet but said, here I am going to give you $100 in advance and i'll take it out of your pay later over time. Clean up and be here tomorrow. I felt rich and lucky and blessed. I thanked God that day. And ate like a pig smile emoticon Today I still remember, God answers when your heart and mind are in the right place. God Bless You.

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