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Two moments and a conclusion.

Moment #1:

I hail a taxi and I pile into the back seat. I cry.

The Ethiopian driver says, “Humans. Good thing happen. Bad thing happen. People gotta be strong. You gotta be strong. And you gotta relax. You keep on going. Today will be a good day. And then it will be a bad day. And then it will be good again.”

I thank him. He says, “When the people are hurt, my heart is also suffering.”

Moment #2:

On a sidewalk stoop, I cry.

A homeless man has been watching me from across the street. He crosses over and sits down.

“I’ve been on the streets for 30 years,” he says. “Been shot at and hit twice. Been knocked over the head with a bottle so many times I can’t remember. Came off crack and broke my body nearly with drinking. But the hardest thing of all, the thing that just makes your heart crack straight down? It’s love. Nothing hurts so much as love.”

I thank him. He nods and walks off.

Conclusion: I should cry in public more often.


  1. Tron says:

    I think that conclusion is reasonable.

  2. Lee says:

    how good. wisdom is around us!

  3. Keith Bedford says:

    great lesson. thanks for sharing. a good cry if good for the soul. hope all is well.

  4. Melissa says:

    Keith, all is very well and the world is very much around me! Kiss.

  5. allison says:

    Good conclusion, but why not get more radical? Have a full blown tantrum in public, it might get you locked up for the night, but think about all the profound lessons you would learn!