I am a person.

“Excuse me ma’am, are you in the movies? You should be in the movies. Maybe you should…” the disheveled looking man said before trailing off into words I wasn’t able to make out.

“I’m not,” I said laughing, “but thank you, sir.”

“What’s your name?”

“Rachel, what’s yours?” I asked hoping he’d move along a little more quickly, after all I had work to do.

“My name is Mike. I am an artist. I am a musician. And I really love you.”

“Ha! I believe you’re an artist and a musician, I don’t believe you love me, we just met!” I retorted.

“Yeah, but you talked to me. You’re the first person all day to talk to me…”

He grabbed my hand to hold it for a second, before pulling me into a hug.

My heart sank. How is it possible that this man could have hustled through the middle of downtown in one of the largest cities in America and had yet to hear a voice addressed, acknowledging him until 3:00 in the afternoon?

“Of course I talked to you, Mike,” I said, “you asked me a question. What kind of person ignores another person when they’re talked to?”

“The kind of person that forgets that I am a person.”

 

Today, I want to learn from Mike. I want to make the conscious decision to see people when I pass them – not bums, not crackheads, not staunch businessmen, not crazy liberals, not whores, not snobs, not rich, not poor. I want to slow down. Today, I want to see people, not character labels I assume on others based on the clothing they wear. Today I want to stop and recognize our need for each other. Today, I want give love.

Then tomorrow, I want do it again.

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9 Responses to I am a person.

  1. Rick says:

    that’s better than a Uribe 2-run homerun! Any day. Thanks!

  2. Catherine Rennie says:

    I love your blogs, Rachel, but this one really is special.  God is truly using you. Keep it up! Cathy Rennie   God’s Word and music will last forever. Sing to Him and Praise Him at All times!

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  3. Michael Todryk says:

    Great blog post. Always insightful. Thanks.

  4. I have no idea how I discovered your blog, but I’m glad I did. P.S. I am ridiculous and, I see typos everywhere. At the end of the post you said “I want give love.” Do with that information whatever you choose. Thanks for being an inspiration. :)

    • I’m glad you did too! And you are my favorite kind of commenter — I constantly find typos months after the fact and think “why didn’t anyone tell me?!” Thank you for your kind words and the heads-up!

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