Scarlett was a mother of three kids, aged 12, 9 and 4. She recently completed her college degree. The last class she had to attend was Sociology, the one she enjoyed the most. Maybe because the professor was one very inspiring lady since she was always giving the best examples.
Her last college project was called “Smile”. The only thing the whole class was asked to do is to go out, wherever they want, and smile at three people. Just smile at them and take notes of their reaction.
Scarlett was a very friendly person and she didn’t find this task difficult.
The same day Scarlett and her family went out for lunch in McDonald’s. It was the beginning of March, but it was still very cold. It was just their special way of spending a quality time with their family.
As they were standing in line, waiting to be served she noticed something weird happened. Everyone around her slowly started to step away from the cash register. She turned to her left side where her husband was standing and noticed he was gone too. Scarlett did not move not even an inch, she froze, and an overwhelming feeling of anxiety welled up inside of her. She was not sure what was happening. She had no choice, but to turn around and see why everyone stepped away. As she was turning around, scared and confused, she sensed a horrible smell. She lifted her head up and saw two homeless men standing behind her.
The taller man looked her in the eyes and smiled. She couldn’t help but notice his bright sky-blue eyes that were full of God’s Light that were looking for acceptance.
“Good day, madam” – said the old man, as he was counting the few coins in his wrinkly hands.
The second man was standing behind him and it looked like he was almost hiding. Scarlett realized that the second man was mentally deficient, and the blue-eyed gentleman was his savior.
She was barely holding her tears as she was standing there next to them.
The young boy asked the poor old man about their order and his answer was, “Hello mister, I would like two small coffees.”
Scarlett was just standing aside as she was thinking that they couldn’t afford anything else than a coffee. They entered inside since they wanted to warm up a little bit, and they had to buy something… They just wanted to be warm. Nothing else.
As soon as she realized, she sensed this urge to hug those both men and tell them that everything is going to be alright. That is when she noticed that everyone in the restaurant was looking at her… judging her actions.
She ignored everyone, turned to the young boy behind the counter and asked him to give her two more meals on a separate tray. She took the meals, walked around the corner to the table where the two men were sitting, drinking their coffee.
She put both trays on the table and she laid her hand on the blue-eyed gentleman’s cold hand. He looked up at her with tears in his eyes and said, “We really appreciate it madam. Thank you.”
She then leaned over and said, “I didn’t do this for you, I did it because of God. God is here working through me to give you hope.”
She left and as she was walking away to join her husband and her kids, she started to cry. When she sat down on the table, her husband smiled at her and said, “That is why God sent you to me, my love. To give me hope.”
They smiled at each other and held hands for a moment. At that time, they knew they were able to give only because of the Grace they had been given.
Scarlett and her family don’t go to church every Sunday, but they are believers. That cold day showed her the pure Light of God’s Love.
Couple of days after she returned to class with this story in her hand and in her heart as well.
She turned in her “homework”, the professor read it and asked her, “Do I have a permission to share this?”
Scarlett silently nodded as the professor got the attention of the whole class. As Scarlett was hearing the story, she knew that she touched people’s hearts in her own way. Her husband, her children, every person in McDonald’s and every soul that shared the classroom on the last class of college.
She knew that she graduated with one of the greatest lessons she could ever learn. Unconditional Love and Acceptance.
Love is made up of three unconditional properties in equal measure: Acceptance, Understanding and Appreciation. Remove any one of the three and the triangle falls apart.