Midweek Inspiration: Sam

If there’s one thing that this blog is about, it’s perspective. Not only is interfaith cooperation all about learning what people have to say about other perspectives, but life is really about learning about what it means to walk that mile in another person’s shoes. As the Easter season comes upon us and many of us, regardless of religion, have a couple days off to spend with family and friends, I think it’s important for us to remember some of the people who might not have the homes and families we have. People with a different perspective, like Sam.

Although this is a brief clip, it really made me think. When we think about homeless people, we don’t think of a young gymnast and martial artist like Sam, who is really just trying to get by. If I had seen Sam on the street, I would not have pegged him as being someone who’s homeless. But that’s what made his story all the more real for me.

It can be easy to forget that there are people out there who really just got the short end of the straw. “Never judge a book by it’s cover.” How true that is when it comes to people who’s lives are so different from our own. Rather than passing judgement, we should give a helping hand.

For me, Sam’s interview shed a new light on homelessness which I had never seen before. I encourage everyone to keep an open mind and perspective when meeting new people like Sam, you never know what you are opening yourself up to learning and experiencing. It could be something great.