A Few Caring Words

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Who among us has not at times been out and about, feeling sad and lonely and in need of a kind word or comforting hand on our shoulder? How grateful would you be if someone passing by had stopped and, with genuine concern, asked, “Are you okay?” Such a simple, caring gesture would add a little more light, a little more hope to your day.

You can be that bringer of light, that beacon of hope, to others. All it takes is an awareness of others and a loving heart.

A person with the screen name Tomo840 shared how just a little effort made a big, big difference to a distressed man in a city park. Tomo840 was feeding deer when he saw the man in the photograph above sobbing uncontrollably. He wrote:

Families out walking and others in the park scuttled past him awkwardly trying to avoid him.

I watched this for 10 minutes before going over and asking if was okay. He clearly wasn’t.

His name was Derek, and he had just lost his wife that afternoon after a long illness. She had passed away days before they were due to celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary.

There is a bench just out of shot to the left where he asked her to marry him all those years ago. I sat down with him there for a good half an hour while he told me about all the good times they shared and how lucky he was to have found his “soulmate.” I literally could have spent the day listening to him but he had to go and make the obvious arrangements.

I watched him get back into his car and drive off with a little smile on his face as he took a final look back at me on the bench, I assume that he was remembering the good times they shared.


Next time you see someone in need of comfort, don’t hesitate to reach out in compassion. Even a few caring words can lighten someone’s load and ease their pain.





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2 Responses to “A Few Caring Words”

  1. Steve Plotkin Says:

    Nice posting Phil! There’s a saying that I’ve written down and keep in my wallet you’d appreciate. “If someone is suffering and you reach out with aid and compassion, you are moving into the presence of God”!

  2. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Yes, that is an excellent ways to put it, Steve. Thanks!

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