Happy New Year everyone! Since it’s a brand new year and a with a brand new slate to scrawl upon I figured that I would use todays post for a positive message.
I am sure by now most people around the world have heard about the homeless man in Columbus, Ohio who has an incredible voice. Tailor made for radio and announcements. If you are one of the few who have not seen this video go ahead and take a minute to watch and listen.
Now I am sure that thousands of people have crossed his path in the months that he has been on the streets. A kind few may have even stopped and thrown him a buck or two. Apparently no one ever thought to stop and talk to him. Let’s face it he’s a scary looking dude, camouflage jacket and hair that looks like it was caught in a weed whacker. Perhaps a shifty look in his eyes, a look that screams out lock your doors and shelter the kids.
But someone finally did stop, curiosity perhaps drew the camera crew from the Columbus Dispatch. His sign claims that he has a talent, a voice made for business. They film him and the rest as they say is history. Job offers from the local basketball team to do voice over work. Offers of housing, donations aplenty in his name.
Don’t get me wrong, I wish Ted Williams, former homeless addict and alcoholic all the best. May his path be easy in the days ahead because I am sure it was hard as hell in the past. Beating an addiction is never easy, many try and fail hard. Being homeless with an addiction in this day and age is nearly a death sentence.
But what makes Mr Williams more valuable than the next bum on the street? Maybe Mr. Jones living in the cardboard box under a flight of stairs in a grimy back alley has a movie star smile underneath his layer of dirt and sweat. Probably not, but maybe.
As I rebuild my life from the ruin that it was in only a few short years ago I have learned one very important lesson. Value, everyone has value. Sure maybe half of the people on the street are total dickheads, maybe they beat their wives and kicked baby kittens. Perhaps they deserve a bit of hard time to make them appreciate a good hot meal or a warm bed.
Let’s face it in todays economy there are a lot of good people living hand to mouth. Perhaps only a few dollars away from living on the street themselves. Like my old friend, Jesus of Osborne Street, we all have a past. Most of us are valued now, why not him?
I am glad that Ted has gotten clean and has a shot to get off the streets. To do good by his 9 children, to give love and feel loved in return. So just remember as you turn your head the next time someone down on his or her luck crosses your path. Maybe just maybe they have value too.