Love has no borders (haibun)

© Clr'16

© Clr’16

I witnessed an act of kindness and an act of consciousness today. My heart fills with such joy and love it is bursting at the seams and the only way to establish some equilibrium to continue my shift at work, I am writing this narrative. This will be my offering to Karuna’s challenge on Love.

Today I was waiting for the bus and it was bitter cold with the winds felt like minus 20; I held my hood under my chin squinting now and then to see if the bus was turning the corner soon. A young man was walking towards me and stooped to pick a plastic bottle on the road in front of me.  He went on his way with two items in his left hand.  I looked at him in awe!  If we all did this regularly, wouldn’t our world be cleaner? brighter? prettier?  What an environmentally conscious person this was!!

Later I received a phone call from a young man who wanted advice on how to help a homeless teen he had met on the street. It certainly is NOT a day to be panhandling on the street for anyone today.  He was concerned for this young person and wanted to know if there were shelters I could recommend.  I suggested he try Covenant House since youths can stay up to three months and counsellors on staff might be able to help this youth settle into housing and get support.  I also recommended our phone service since our phone lines were free and anonymous.  Any information shared with us would never be reported since we do not have call display on our phones and we cannot trace calls either.  All a youth has to do is dial from any public pay phone and it’s free and open 24/7.

I could not help but thank this caller for being so compassionate and generous he was for helping this youth and offering to bring him to get a hot meal. He said, it was just part of his training in advocating for youths.  But I disagreed because this innate, it is not learned…compassion was part of who he was.

I am filled with so much love seeing people around me who are so giving and conscious on how we are all interconnected.

thrives like an epidemic
love has no borders

© Tournesol’16/02/08

Written for Challenge for Growth Prompt #5: I am Love

6 thoughts on “Love has no borders (haibun)

  1. What a different world it would be if compassion thrived like an epidemic. I love the vision and the stories. Thanks so much for contributing to the challenge.


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