I don't often watch these types of videos however, a trusted friend shared the video so I decided to give it a few moments.  I didn't expect to watch it to the end, nor to be as affected as I was.

 

There have been a few times in my life that I have stopped and handed food to a homeless person, but there have been many more times that I have just walked on by. However I have never in my life stopped to sit and chat with someone who was homeless, and after seeing this video I regret that.

 

It's clear from the beginning that this guy is doing a social experiment. He's got great sound so he's obviously wired with a mic, and he had someone hiding with a camera. But what's equally clear, is that he did not expect the situation to go the way it did.

 

As I continued to watch the video, I became overwhelmed with emotion. This man sitting on the street was scared and lonely. Who knows what the circumstances are that brought him to the place he is in now, and honestly, who cares? It's really not my place to judge why a person is homeless.

 

I personally have experienced some really difficult times in my life and if it wasn't for the incredible kindness of friends I don't know where I would have been. I've often thought about what could have happened if I didn't have those friends. What if the circumstances I found myself in left me homeless and alone?

 

No, the reason he is homeless doesn't matter. What matters is that he is still a human being who craves conversation, a kind word and the company of his fellow beings.

 

This video moved me much more than I ever could have anticipated. I hope it touched you too, and hope the next time you pass someone on the street you exchange at the very least, a kind word and a smile...