I knew a wise man many years ago named Bill, who told me the following true story; He described how, prior to this event, he was a curmudgeon, devoid of love, compassion, and sympathy. He was critical, angry, and judged everyone. He was driving in his car one day, it was raining, and he was stopped at a red light. He looked over to the right, and saw a scraggly man, who appeared homeless. In his hand, the man was petting a wild bird, this wet, homeless, scraggly man. At that moment Bill broke into uncontrollable sobbing, much to his surprise and confusion. He never cried. He opened his passenger car door and offered the man a ride, which was accepted. While they traveled, he asked the homeless man why he was holding that bird in his hand, and petting it. With warm crystal clear eyes, the man thumped his own chest several times, and said it's in the heart, man, it's in the heart. The homeless man had nothing else to say about it. My wise friend told me that his life changed completely as a result of that experience. He was no longer a curmudgeon. Love, compassion, and healing became the purpose of his life. He was one of the most loving and compassionate people I've ever known. I miss him. We never know when life is going to hand us a moment in which we have the opportunity to change our life forever.
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