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Unconditional Acceptance

I have read this story many times but the message still pierces my heart everytime I read it. I received this again in my email today and I felt this is really worth sharing.

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Breakfast at McDonaldsour_breakfast_big_break

 

I am a mother of three (ages 14, 12, 3) and have recently completed my college degree.

The last class I had to take was Sociology.

The teacher was absolutely inspiring with the qualities that I wish every human being had been graced with.

Her last project of the term was called, ‘Smile.’

The class was asked to go out and smile at three people and document their reactions.

I am a very friendly person and always smile at everyone and say hello anyway. So, I thought this would be a piece of cake, literally.

Soon after we were assigned the project, my husband, youngest son, and I went out to McDonald’s one crisp March morning.

It was just our way of sharing special playtime with our son.

We were standing in line, waiting to be served, when all of a sudden everyone around us began to back away, and then even my husband did.

I did not move an inch… an overwhelming feeling of panic welled up inside of me as I turned to see why they had moved.

As I turned around I smelled a horrible ‘dirty body’ smell, and there standing behind me were two poor homeless men.

As I looked down at the short gentleman, close to me, he was ‘smiling’

His beautiful sky blue eyes were full of God’s Light as he searched for acceptance.

He said, ‘Good day’ as he counted the few coins he had been clutching.

The second man fumbled with his hands as he stood behind his friend. I realized the second man was mentally challenged and the blue-eyed gentleman was his salvation.
I held my tears as I stood there with them.

The young lady at the counter asked him what they wanted.

He said, ‘Coffee is all Miss’ because that was all they could afford. (If they wanted to sit in the restaurant and warm up, they had to buy something. He just wanted to be warm).

Then I really felt it – the compulsion was so great I almost reached out and embraced the little man with the blue eyes.

That is when I noticed all eyes in the restaurant were set on me, judging my every action.

I smiled and asked the young lady behind the counter to give me two more breakfast meals on a separate tray.

holding-handsI then walked around the corner to the table that the men had chosen as a resting spot. I put the tray on the table and laid my hand on the blue-eyed gentleman’s cold hand.

He looked up at me, with tears in his eyes, and said, ‘Thank you.’

I leaned over, began to pat his hand and said, ‘I did not do this for you. God is here working through me to give you hope.’

I started to cry as I walked away to join my husband and son. When I sat down my husband smiled at me and said, ‘That is why God gave you to me, Honey, to give me hope..’

We held hands for a moment and at that time, we knew that only because of the Grace that we had been given were we able to give.

We are not church goers, but we are believers.

That day showed me the pure Light of God’s sweet love.

I returned to college, on the last evening of class, with this story in hand.

I turned in ‘my project’ and the instructor read it.

Then she looked up at me and said, ‘Can I share this?’

I slowly nodded as she got the attention of the class.

She began to read and that is when I knew that we as human beings and being part of God share this need to heal people and to be healed.

In my own way I had touched the people at McDonald’s, my son,the instructor, and every soul that shared the classroom on the last night I spent as a college student.

I graduated with one of the biggest lessons I would ever learn:

UNCONDITIONAL ACCEPTANCE.

Much love and compassion is sent to each and every person who may read this and learn how to

LOVE PEOPLE AND USE THINGS –
NOT LOVE THINGS AND USE PEOPLE. 

 


11 Responses to “Unconditional Acceptance”


  1. 1 JEMSKI
    June 1, 2009 at 8:01 am

    you got me teary-eyed again! how could you!

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  2. June 1, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    ei…. it’s been a while since your last post… this one’s touching… only few stories create this kind of impact on me…

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  3. June 2, 2009 at 7:02 am

    sometimes we tend to hang out with people we know that could benefit us, and tend to stay away from those that gives as inconvenience. unconditional acceptance… that’s what we need in this world!

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  4. June 2, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    Hey Nelson, na miss ko blog mo.
    I don’t get tired of reading this story.
    It always inspire me.

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  5. June 3, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Nice story pick! Everyone needs to read this and feel the inspiration.

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  6. 6 digitalcatharsis
    June 4, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    Hi JEMSKI, sorry for that!

    Hi MARC, nice to hear that!

    Hi WILLIAM, what you said is very true!

    Hi DONNABELLE, thanks for missing my blog! I got busy a bit, but I hope to be able to post more often now.

    Hi MARCUS, yup everyone needs a doise of this.

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  7. June 20, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    very inspiring i think perfect for report this in my shengkayfull..okay lang ba?

    have a nice day!

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  8. June 23, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    “Love people and use things” … oh how I love it! I am once again inspired by this story. thank you for reposting!🙂

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  9. June 23, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    I have to be really honest, that would not have been my reaction if I were in her place, but I’m not saying I’m rude to them. It’s just that I’m afraid of them because of a bad experience once when a mentally-ill woman on the streets started throwing things at us back when I was still in high school. But I really liked this story, it gave me that fuzzy feeling inside🙂

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  10. 10 kat
    June 27, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    yay, ano ba, pinaiiyak mo na naman ako Nelson….

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  11. June 27, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    uu nga at nag iiyakan na naman tayo dito huhuhu!

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