Last week, I caught a snippet on the radio, of a local chap who walked in the freezing cold weather Georgia was having, to keep a court date at a courthouse –29 MILES AWAY! He had left his location at 1AM to make it in time to the courthouse with temperatures hovering at the 6 degree Fahrenheit/-14 degree Celsius mark. I heard the announcer mention that the man had been involved in a wreck this past summer, which had totaled his car. It so warmed my heart when I heard the announcer mention next that 3 kindhearted police officers at the courthouse had pooled together and paid $80 for a cab for this man to go back. But that’s all I heard. When the hustle and bustle of life set in over the next few days, I didn’t give the story anymore thought.
Until this past Monday – I found out that that gentleman aka Norman, had been homeless, he had walked those 29 miles from the homeless shelter he had been staying at, to the courthouse, as he didn’t want to get arrested for not showing up. As he had been feeling bad about his situation he decided to show up, by whatever means he could, to keep his court date.
With temperatures being what they were, I did not even walk my dogs for 5 minutes that day – the fact that Norman walked 8 hours simply blew me away. I was so moved by his integrity – to do what was right under the most uncomfortable of situations, to do what was right when no other human was watching.
For me, sometimes doing the right thing is hard. Sometimes, I find myself searching for guidance and praying for forgiveness – for not doing the right thing, for not being at the right place, for not saying the right thing, for being reluctant to accommodate those things that mess with my comfort, my routine. But, I am a work in progress and like the Lowe’s slogan I strive to “never stop improving”!
Norman demonstrated a level of integrity I need to strive for. Yesterday, I was overjoyed to hear that kindhearted people were showing up to help him improve his life; with one kind gentleman offering Norman $3000 or roughly $100 for each mile he walked. People who tried to offer the 3 officers money were asked to send any and all proceed to Norman.
To see Norman’s reaction to the kindness bestowed on him checkout this link.
Most times I have a ton of random thoughts floating around in my head,but this week, this story has monopolized my thoughts, and today I join the lovely Amanda @ Running With Spoons to say it out loud, as:
Happy Thursday Yall!
Thank you for reading my ramblings, today I have no questions, but I do have this link for yall to checkout on how good us humans can be in the face of adversity: “35 Stunning Moments When We Loved Each Other In The Face Of Violence”