“Walking down the Ben Franklin Parkway, I see a group of kids crowded around this older gentleman who had the telltale s
“Walking down the Ben Franklin Parkway, I see a group of kids crowded around this older gentleman who had the telltale signs of homelessness. They were sitting on the sidewalk listening intently to his story, hanging on his every word.”
Alyssa Cole posted this.
If you’ve ever walked by a homeless person like they are invisible (like I’ve done) please take a moment to read this.
Maybe it will help you see things from a different perspective.
Here’s the rest of what Alyssa posted:
I have lived in this city for almost a year, often passing people without a second glance because I am so focused on getting to my destination.
Yet seeing this glimpse into humanity felt like time was standing still.
These young people were so captivated and this man was so excited to have an audience, to have people to listen and see him not as a product of our society but as a human being with a lifetime of stories and experiences to share, I was speechless.
As an osteopathic physician I am trained to see people not just as a diagnosis but as a whole person: mind, body, and soul.
To see this idea come to life outside the hospital, in a setting where people are often more focused on getting home or to happy hour or anywhere but here was mind blowing.
These kids are breaking down barriers and listening to those who are often left with only the words on a piece of cardboard to mark their place on this earth.
Thank you to those who listen and thank you to those who share.
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