Hello everyone,

Hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day.

If, for some reason, you were not feeling as much love as you’d like. Or the world outside seemed too cold and filled with too much bad news on TV, I got a feel-good story to share with you all!!

First of, I’d like to take the time to thank you all for always being there for me and being so supportive of my blog. Thank you all so very much! You know I do appreciate it more than anything!  I also appreciate your being there for me as I went through a series of ups and downs. But I learned so much and, again, I got you all to be thankful for! 🙂

So — as you’ve probably figured out already — I was not feeling a lot of love lately. Yes, we got good people everywhere but then many were just passively living their lives and waiting for more people to share some love and waiting for some good things to finally come back around, as they did in the good ‘ole days.

One day, I was driving around the town and, for some reason, found myself in a different neighborhood. Absentmindedly, I walked into a store and, on the way out, a lady pushing a shopping cart approached me quickly and asked for some change. I reached for my pockets and mumbled that I was out and needed to search my car to see if I got any.

She frowned sadly and limped away with disappointment.

Feeling a little worried about the neighborhood I was in and thinking about the news I saw on TV, I climbed into my car and locked the doors. But then I spotted a few coins.

I walked briskly back to the parking area where I last saw her, expecting her to remain there, waiting for me.

But she was nowhere to be found!

I promptly got back into my car and circled the entire large parking lot with my eyes sharpened and on the look out for her.

I was about to give up when I spotted an overturned shopping cart near the entrance of the store. People were walking in and out of store, but everyone was too busy talking on the phones to look down and see a lady sitting barefooted on the nearby pavement.

As I got closer, I noticed that the sole of her feet were dirty and blistered. Tears were gushing from her eyes as she sobbed loudly.

The coins I gave her didn’t amount to much, but her face lit up immediately as she thanked me profusely while telling me how thirsty she was.

I drove away, immersed in my thoughts. And, rounding a corner, an elderly man with his homeless sign suddenly jumped out of nowhere to stop the car in front of me.

I must admit it, I was so shocked to see how little he thought of his safety.

The lights soon turned green and the car in front of me sped away.

I hesitated for a second.

The man, with his disarrayed hair flying in the wind, screamed through the crack of my window and gestured frantically, “Just throw the money out of window! I’ll get it on the sidewalk!”

I scrambled for a few coins and tossed them out.

Through my rear view mirror, my heart sank, though, when I saw him staggering to pick up those quarters.

Honestly, I didn’t think much of it afterwards. I got caught up with my busy life.

Until few months later, that is.

A snow storm hit the area and I got stuck in the worst traffic.

Sometimes it’s during those times when you slow down that you were able to see things you’ve never seen before.

To prevent my fuel from running out, I turned off the car. And, within 5 minutes, the interior of my car turned ice-cold without the heater on.

I sighed and looked out to the right. I squinted my eyes.

Under a small section of a bypass bridge, a group of homeless people huddled in their sleeping bags while snow flakes slanting and drifting down on their faces.

How they could withstand the cold I had no idea. Because there I was, sitting inside the car, and I was already shivering and shaking with chills.

I went home and I just couldn’t shake the images out of my head. I did some research and found out how widespread the homeless issues were, though some more prominent in certain regions than others.

Turns out, many homeless people nowadays were thrown out of their homes as result of economic downturns and as result of their inability to pay expensive rents. Meanwhile, many homeless shelters were already full, with a long list of people waiting for their turns.

Since then, I stopped driving with my mind clouding with worries and things; I started to pay attention to my surroundings.

I knew I do not have much to give and there’s just so many of them around, but that didn’t stop me from collecting coins in a jar. I mean, every little bit counts, right?

I also started to spot more of them. I noticed that some of them chose the busiest intersections, thinking they could get more money that way. Unfortunately, most drivers passed them by so fast because they didn’t want to get honked by the folks behind them.

I took a deep breath and decided that I would start risking upsetting the folks behind me.

So one burning question: how many drivers did I get to upset on that day?

The answer will surprise you.

None.

Yes, even the day after that and the day after that.

You see, the world is a kinder and a better place than we think and there are plenty of good folks everywhere. We just needed to be reminded, once a while, and sometimes to take a little initiative to find where those like-minded people are.

Since I only obstructed the traffic for only 2 brief seconds, I saw drivers behind me also stopped to do the same.

It all made sense to me now.

We, as individuals, may not have enough resources and powers to achieve something on a grand scale. But we, as a group, collectively, can really make a huge difference by doing little things as simple as word of mouth, for example, via social media to bring attention to things that are urgent and important.

Or better yet.

One of the homeless gents I’ve gotten the pleasure to know finally caught the attention of a kind recruiter. He received a job offer so he could finally take care of his family.

Doesn’t that give you an aww and a good feeling when you see, for example, more homeless people, eyes filled with more hope, with signs that ask for work so they can take care of their families too?

So next time when you need some reminders about where the good things and good people are, look no further than what’s already around you!

There are plenty of good folks, when you take initiative to seek them out, who are also wiling to do what they can do to share love and help spread word for good causes — people who really care.

As always, thank you all so much for reading and for everything! Hope you all have a wonderful day! 🙂

Sincerely,

Teacup Talk

(also @teacup_talk on Twitter)