Helping to Change the World


The other day I posted an article entitled “Changing the World?” The article told the story about the time and effort by one person to make a difference in the life of a less fortunate individual. You never know when the kind efforts of one person will strike a chord with one or more people. Sometimes all it takes is the single gesture of goodwill by one person towards a perfect stranger to turn the impossible into the possible.


This morning I went to McDonald’s on the west side as I do most mornings. I was drinking my coffee with the usual political armchair quarterbacks solving the problems of the city, the province or the world as we do every morning. A regular named Brian that I haven’t seem for some time showed up and came over to our table, not to have a coffee but to give me something. He reached into his pocket and pulled out a $20 bill, he had read the story about Noor  and he wanted to make a contribution towards the effort to bring Noor to Saint John.

Brian is not unlike folks that you meet in the morning at the local coffee shop most days. You probably don’t know much about their personal lives because you’re too busy solving the world’s problems over a cup of coffee. I do know that our Brian is retired and like most retired folk has to keep an eye on where his money goes. This morning Brian didn’t show at McDonald’s to have a coffee or to solve the world’s problems. Brian came to make a difference in the life of a young lady that dreams of a having a better life in Canada, he came to help a perfect stranger a young lady that he probably will never meet.

It’s the Brian’s of the world with unselfish acts of kindness that helps to change the world. That help to make the world a better place to live.  Thank you Brian.