I spoke to a woman in Toronto. She was not a hugger, but something told her one day at the bus stop to offer a hug to a stranger.
Well my acquaintance, Paula, just didn’t want to offer a hug to a stranger, yet something inside of (intuition?) her would not let up and finally Paula walked over and asked this lady if perhaps she needed a hug.
THE LADY NEEDED A HUG! She accepted a hug and the two got on the bus together and chatted for many blocks.
Months and months later, the stranger at the bus stop, spotted Paula. She approached Paula and said: “Paula I want to thank you because of the hug you gave me so long ago. That hug saved my life. I was contemplating suicide that day. (She was also contemplating killing her daughter and son.)
“Your hug made such an impression on me, I went home that day and .. well she made changes.. positive changes….. well, the story is longer but the point is a hug made the difference in life and death to this lady! She literally changed her life around because one person showed her a loving heart!!
My gosh we have not a clue how powerful is our smile, how powerful is one hug, how powerful is a caring heart! There is nothing like the Power of Touch!
Let us share ALL THAT WE Have! May we not be stingy with our smiles and hugs!
Spread some sunshine!
….. Ellie Braun-Haley (firstname.lastname@example.org)) by way of “Christian Voices” (ChristianVoices@att.net)