Yesterday I was on the tube when a young man got on. He was crying and begging for money or food.
As always on the tube people looked uncomfortable and tried to ignore him. Now I’m not judging them because I found myself doing the same thing. I was confronted and felt uncomfortable and didn’t know where to look. I was confronted because I didn’t know how to help, I only had my debit card and no change. What could I do?
He was distressed and said he hadn’t eaten or drunk anything for days, I dipped in my bag and pulled out the bottle of water I’d brought. Another man helped him into a seat. Another man patted him on the arm to comfort him. He cried and said he could go to a friend in Edgware. Me and the man next to me gave him directions and off he went. I don’t know how much we helped but we tried.
Imagine if we all went beyond our discomfort and even just smiled at people rather than overlook them, imagine how much difference we could make…
By Lucy Williams of the The Kindness Project UK – GROUP