I was waiting for a bus outside a shopping centre and overheard a few teenage boys talking excitedly. At first, I thought they were boasting about picking on an intellectually disabled man and felt sick. But on listening closer, I realised they had helped the man. read more →
I went to a park and lost 4 pendants with my husband’s name, my name and my 2 boys. My family had bought them for me as a 1-year anniversary present and I was devastated. read more →
I was sitting in a beautiful cafe in Bali enjoying a delicious meal, ($7), one that would be luxury for many Balinese, when I noticed through the dark of the night, opposite, in the dirty doorway of a closed store, a Balinese woman lying on the ground with an adolescent girl and an infant draped over her, asleep. She was begging. Foreigners passed by her looking away – tens, twenties, thirties, maybe more. read more →
Last year I experienced the worst year of my life, and as always, it came out of nowhere. I was living with my partner over in Wales, on the other side of the world from my family, working and looking forward to a European summer. In about March, I had noticed I was bruising exceptionally easily, but the doctor quickly told me it was normal, so I didn’t give it a second thought. read more →
In 2008 a woman in a hospital waiting room collapsed and died after it took staff 45 minutes to come to her aid.
A TV show wanted to know What Would You Do? if you saw someone who’d passed out on the street. Initially, they send in a stunt woman dressed in a business suit who collapses on the street. It takes people an average of 6 seconds to come to her aid, but when they exchange the woman for a male actor dressed as a homeless man, it’s a very different story. read more →
There was a time in my life twenty years ago when I was driving a cab for a living. It was a cowboy’s life, a gamblers life, a life for someone who wanted no boss, constant movement, and the thrill of a dice roll every time a new passenger got into the cab.
What I didn’t count on when I took the job was that it was also a ministry. Because I drove the night shift, the car became a rolling confessional. Passengers would climb in, sit behind me in total darkness and anonymity, and tell me of their lives. read more →
One day I was in Newton Center, MA at just the moment a young woman, carrying a not to tightly bound sheaf of dollar bills, was pushed by the wind and somehow let go of them. No doubt she was en route to the local bank to make a deposit for a local business. I was the only one there to see this and the bills were flying everywhere, like so many birds in flight. read more →
My husband dropped us off curbside at the airport. I was carrying their travel backpacks and my own things, trying to keep them together, find what gate we needed to be at and watching the time disappear. read more →
My mum had to take responsibility of our family. She used to make 100 paper bags and sell them for just $.03 (3 PKR). I still remember how many difficulties she faced because being a women is another problem in the place where I live. read more →
I was in Walmart, tired and hurting, and had just checked out and was heading for the door. There was a woman who had also just checked out at a register closer to the door. She looked like I felt! She pulled her cart over and got her keys out of her purse. Our carts were side by side, us two miserable women. read more →
I look back over my life and see so many acts of kindness I have been blessed to receive. One sticks out especially due to recent events. Let me lead this with the fact that the City of Miami gets a bad reputation way too often.
I had just moved to Miami and was on the 826 going home from work and got a flat tire. I went to get the spare tire but noticed the jack and tire iron were missing. I had forgotten to put them back after some repairs I did at home. I didn’t have a cell, so I started walking to the toll gate, hoping to use a phone to call a friend, when a car pulled over. I was surprised when a very sweet woman offered me a ride. read more →
I posted a prayer request in a small facebook group I’m in. My family was going through extreme financial hardships at that time, by the end of the day a woman I had never met and had not really conversed on the page with messaged me for my info. and wired me $50.00. After her, someone else sent $25. That put food on our table for a few days and some gas in the car. read more →