I’m pretty sure the adage goes, “actions speak louder than words.” We’ve heard about strangers helping man with his interview on the Canadian subway. But this time our hero comes in the form of a little old lady. Her actions while taking public transportation in Vancouver B.C. spoke volumes about our human condition.
One day, a man entered the subway car. He started cursing and shouting, making fellow passengers extremely uncomfortable and several even moved away from his aggressive behavior. But one man, Ehab Taha, watched in amazement as a sweet, 70-year-old woman did just the opposite. She waited until the 6 foot 5 inch man came near her and then gently reached out, tightly gripped the gentleman’s hand with a firm, calming and reassuring squeeze. He slowly sat down, calmly, with tears welling up in his eyes.
Ehab Taha captured their tender moment and shared with his friends on Facebook, eventually garnering over 32,000 shares and touching countless individuals.Taha spoke with the woman after the incident and she relayed the most straightforward wisdom.
“I’m a mother and he needed someone to touch,” she said before starting to cry. Her representation of compassion, selflessness and sympathy speaks volumes.
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Taha reminded everyone, “Don’t fear or judge the stranger on the bus: life does not provide equal welfare for all its residents.” We can all learn from this. Sometimes, the ones that we ignore the most are the ones that could use compassion and reassurance.
Even though we have five separate and distinct senses, sometimes a simple touch is all it takes to bring us back back to peace.
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