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Just when I thought I'd gotten all that loveliness figured out, I got great lesson recently and thought it worth sharing.
Brandon's group of friends are notorious for "Friday e-mails" where they basically send something funny (a video, a joke, ect.) around and everyone comments back and forth. Basically its like passing notes in Jr. High- actually now that I think about it, it's exactly like passing notes in Jr. High.
Anyway, one of the recent Friday e-mails was a video of a guy recording himself giving a sales pep-talk to himself with a cheesy radio sound track in the back ground. The guy is being so over-the-top-enthusiastic about his ability to sell that when you first see the video, you can't help but laugh. The guy really believes he is awesome!
Now, my brother-in-law is in sales and I thought he'd get a kick out of the video so I passed it along to him. And guess what he does? He CALLS the guy. Yep - just looks him up on the internet and calls him. He says he just wanted to figure out what made this guy tick and he wanted to reach out to him. WOW. I was dying to hear the result of the phone call; what DID make this guy tick? Why was he so confident? But once my brother-in-law reached out to him, the guy admits (through tears) that he is actually going through a really tough time financially and personally, and his wife of 14 years just left him, and on and on.
Here's the cool part. My brother in law spends the next hour consoling this guy - a total stranger- and providing whatever bit of hope and compassion he can give. What began as a punch-line to a joke, ended in a demonstration of human kindness.
It's so, so true that everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle. With the internet and Facebook and video uploads its so easy just to laugh along with everyone else. But I hope that I can remember this little life lesson more frequently and take my own compassion to a deeper level.