Living on the road, I get to see all sorts of interesting things. Stopping today in a destitute part of LA to eat, was one of them.
I was sitting eating some tacos when a young woman entered the establishment inebriated and carrying a large can of beer.
She ended up sitting behind me after making quite the scene of disturbance. As I waited for the push I assumed would come, in walked a young black man that came and sat down with her.
They did not know each other as I initially thought. He seemed to be on a similar fate as I often am as he tried speaking to the woman. He said many good words of how she was not alone, that she was loved by God as he brought her some food. I was impressed at his efforts and he tried to reach her. It made my heart smile to see another soul trying to offer a hand of kindness. He even got her to agree not to drive away, instead sobering up. He offered some ways to have fun and enjoy life without the use of a substance.
She was in a bit of a daze not exactly knowing what to do. He gave her his number and said call him sometime if she wanted to see another way. Then said his goodbyes and passed me with a smile and a God Bless. I do not know if I could have done better than him. Great job fella. Unfortunately shortly after he left, the fears took over the girl and she walked out to her car.
I followed shortly behind, praying for some strength and guidance as I thought it was my turn, when I see the young man running to the girl's car. I smile again, and walk closely towards them. I say simply "It is a beautiful day to be alive." I smile at her and say "A helping hand is always there for you, you just have to take it." She looks a bit confused as she stares at my cross on my chest. I say "Good luck brother." As I pat the man the shoulder. And walk away.
I spend a bit of time in my car answering some texts to a loved one, before I head out. Unfortunately the poor girl did not take that hand and left the Taco Bell. I passed her a block later pulled over by the police and I am sure then to jail.
Help is all around you. You just have to take it. The world is a great place with so many good people, you just have to choose to see it.