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December 22, 2016


 Reader comments in the original posting 12/22/2011


And sisters.
Have a great Holiday & Happy New Year!
Posted by: AW | December 22, 2011 at 01:21 PM

I was having the exact same conversation with my bf and his stepdad just the other day. We are now living in a world filled with very educated people as compared to the olden days and people are now doing great things technology wise, but yet, to have these so called educated smart people portray a simple act of kindness can be close to impossible. I'm not talking about every single human being, but majority is behaving in an overly individualistic manner (if there's such a term). All we need is for everyone to just treat a human being like how he/she is supposed to be treated. It's just disappointing that such a simple thing cannot be done by so-called geniuses living in this era.
Posted by: chiaoju | December 22, 2011 at 03:47 PM

We need to be grateful for all the moments in our lives. The good ones for they bring us joy and great memories and the sad moments which teaches us something about life. Happy a Happy New Year!
Posted by: Sam | December 22, 2011 at 05:36 PM

After reading this article, I’m truly pondering if it’s really all that difficult to treat another human being well, be it at home or at work.
Just a thought.
Posted by: A friend from a distant land | December 22, 2011 at 09:41 PM

Thanks for this thoughtful story and great quote by Dr. King.
Here's are 2 more quotes that I remembered upon reading your anecdote,
"It is a puzzling thing. The truth knocks on the door and you say, "Go away, I'm looking for the truth," and so it goes away. Puzzling."
"We're in such a hurry most of the time we never get much chance to talk. The result is a kind of endless day-to-day shallowness, a monotony that leaves a person wondering years later where all the time went and sorry that it's all gone."
-Robert M. Pirsig
Happy holidays to everyone!
Posted by: microCEO | December 23, 2011 at 09:32 PM

Thanks for your friday reflection. It always make me happy and let me to be reflected my life.
Posted by: MK (Korea) | December 24, 2011 at 08:43 AM


Be the change you want to see in the world... M Gandhi. It's easy to judge the lady or her family or the young man or the homeless, and judging wouldn't change the scene... all it matters is what would you do if you were at that restaurant.

Feliz navidad and a proser 2017 FR friends

Mark Dennen

This is going to be a "tough-love" type post. We often read these stories at Christmas & Thanksgiving, but the poor don't need our help during the big holidays. They need it in February when most are only concerned with paying their Christmas bills.

Living in CT for 30 years, there were often "pilgrimages" to Appalachia for a week of volunteer work. I will tell you why I don't like this type of project. People come home, talk about their work and that is where it ends (they are no longer exposed, so there is nothing for them to do). If one helps the local poor, you begin to realize they are always present, there is constant need and the work is never done. And despite what some many think, many like this live less than a mile from their home.

St. Vincent de Paul said, "You can't do charity work unless you get your hands dirty." One must get out and work (not just contribute money or buy a meal) to help those in need and make their lives better. That is the responsibility of not just one man, but all men. Charity work needs to done continuously, to become a habit, a part of one's daily routine. And one last point about charity, provided to me by a neighbor who went to a Jesuit college, "If you are doing true charity work, you should never expect a Thank You." I know in my heart that is true, but I struggle with it all the time.


Walking the earth like brothers... this has inspired me to do my part... who's hungry?

Thank you and have a very Merry Christmas to you all and a fantastic 2017 and beyond

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