Friday, March 28, 2008

Kindness to others. Are you up for it?

It's been a very long week at Jello House, and I'm looking forward to hanging out with a dear friend, watching Best in Show for about the one thousandth time, and following my Lady Terps in the NCAA West. In other words, no politics this weekend, hon.

Before I take off to de-stress, I want to share with you a really heartwarming story that I heard on NPR's StoryCorps this morning. It is the story of a man who treated a stranger with compassion and kindess, nothing more, nothing less. Enjoy!
Julio Diaz has a daily routine. Every night, the 31-year-old social worker ends his hour-long subway commute to the Bronx one stop early, just so he can eat at his favorite diner.

But one night last month, as Diaz stepped off the No. 6 train and onto a nearly empty platform, his evening took an unexpected turn.

He was walking toward the stairs when a teenage boy approached and pulled out a knife.

"He wants my money, so I just gave him my wallet and told him, 'Here you go,'" Diaz says.

As the teen began to walk away, Diaz told him, "Hey, wait a minute. You forgot something. If you're going to be robbing people for the rest of the night, you might as well take my coat to keep you warm."

The would-be robber looked at his would-be victim, "like what's going on here?" Diaz says. "He asked me, 'Why are you doing this?'"

Please, read the rest of his story here.

And then have a wonderful weekend, friends.


MLC said...

What a beautiful story -- thank you so much for sharing it.

Have a wonderful weekend.


Mauigirl said...

Very inspirational!

donald said...

if there were only more people like him around! thanks for sharing that story.