Be The Reason Someone Believes In The Goodness Of People

Light from the fireflies appropriately represents hope, guidance, inspiration, and awakening

It’s past 12 midnight, there I was again — tired of counting sheep just to fall asleep. My brain begun to buzz and overthink things as my thought or two kept on racing which made me gnaw.

I’m lying in a comfy bed inside my serene room. As I close my eyes, I think of happy thoughts and take a deep breath. I tried playing the sound of blowing ocean waves in my head like I always do but, I can no longer hear it. It’s the distinctive sounds of crickets chirping outside my window echoing in my intellect —uhmm quite relaxing too.

I started to feel the cold wind blow into my face and absorbed the warmth of my own breath as I fill it in my lungs.

Subsequently, it felt like I was transported to another dimension. The cold wind vanished as I felt the heat of the sun striking onto my skin, the echoing cricket sounds turned into a looping and knocking rage of the vehicles in the city rhyming with the blabbering sounds of the people who pass by. I found myself crossing the street near the school of De Lasalle in my corporate attire.

Abruptly, a barefooted and dirty kid (evident on his white shirt) approached me and held my hand. I’m in a rush but I can’t do anything aside from being frozen at the moment because he might spit on me if I urged to pull back. Painted on his filthy face were the bruises and on his legs were marks maybe from a hit or violence. And his feet covered with sludge dirt walking into the city barefooted.

He’s way too young to be a beggar, not too old to provide the needs of his family. He needs help from the older one, an urge plead from the authority. This kid knows nothing about education aside from reading vandalism across the walls of the city. He’s been exposed to shenanigans, rascality or hooliganism maybe, instead of dreaming, playing freely, climbing trees, and running around here and there. His innocence was already filled with the foolish things of the world. Oh, poor boy.

Those thoughts ran through my mind to that moment he held my hand to ask for some pennies. I felt awful about my ruminations about him. I needed to give him food for he has still a long day to overcome and some coins to spend. As I get my wallet inside my bag to search for some, unconsciously the young boy was gone. He ran through the street and jumped inside the Jeepney (public transportation) to ask for money. I missed the chance of giving him a small help, a favor that could at least fade a little of his worries in life. For him to believe about the goodness of people. To give him hope that there are still some who offers help to those who are in need. But I failed, if I only didn’t hesitate at the first place.

I started to walk inside the hall of De Lasalle with the boy running in mind. I felt the wind blew hard on me, it was cold. The boisterous sounds turned rhythmic, chirp of the crickets calmed my mind. I found myself back in my bed, I opened my orbiting eyes and I saw the reality. It was a dream which brought me to a realization — a realization that everyone has an impact to the lives of others. In any form, whether you can help them, guide them or inspire them. Because it can also pave the way on how we can help ourselves. As we are to do unto others, as we hope they would do unto us in proper time.

And I want to start it now. Will you?

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Franze Garcia

Head in the clouds. 💭

66 thoughts on “Be The Reason Someone Believes In The Goodness Of People”

  1. I think the world needs more kind people. Kindness is something that not everyone can do to others even to themselves, maybe that’s why I’ve always wanted to show kindness not just to the people I know but even with strangers dahil hindi naman naten alam ang pinagdadaanan ng bawat isa. This is a nice piece of writing! I love your choice of words. They are deep and really pierced through me.

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  2. Let’s treat all humans with kindness and respect. Whenever I see beggars on the street, I always give them food instead of money. Food establishments and other stores sometimes refuse them even though they have money, so I think it’s best to give them food instead.

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  3. You must be a really kind human being to dream a dream like this. Yes, we should extend help whenever we can. And oh boy, you just wrote so good I want you to publish a book so I can purchase it. I’m a fan!

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  4. Everyone deserves kindness and respect, not only humans but all creatures of this world. Thank you for sharing your wonderful thoughts. You are a kind person. Don’t let anything change that

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    1. I agree with you. We should give respect to every creature, especially those that won’t harm us. Humans are naturally good but only triggers their negative side because of their surroundings.

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  5. This realization is so timely, especially in times like this wherein the world needs more kindness and compassion. I truly believe that one act of kindness can have a ripple effects. The hearts we touch along the way can pass that kindness around as well. 💖 imagine if the world is full of those people, wala siguro war, poverty, etc.

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  6. Everyone deserves kindness and respect, not only humans but all creatures of this world. it’s just basic human decency. Thank you for sharing your lovely thoughts with us!

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  7. I love your writing style. I feel the emotions whenever I read your articles – such a lovely heart! Agreed on your thoughts and realizations. At the end of the day, what really matters is how much goodness we have given ourselves and shared to others. Let’s choose kindness everyday!

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  9. This is absolutely beautiful, and I completely agree with the sentiment. In a world where there is so much reason to despair, especially these days, it is important to remember not just to be the reason that someone has hope, but because sometimes that’s just the right thing to do.

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  10. We don’t know what others are going through in life so treat everyone the way we want to be treated, give them same chance as we would give to ourselves, be lenient with others as we are with ourselves, and most importantly respect everyone. Give without expecting anything in return and always pay it forward because you never know when someone might be out of hope. ❤️

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