"I have been at the bedside of many people in their final moments, when they stand on the edge of eternity, and I have never heard anyone say, "Bring me my diplomas! I want to look at them one more time. Show me my awards, my medals, that gold watch I was given." When life on earth is ending, people don't surround themselves with objects. What we want around is people-- people we love and have relationships with.
In our final moments we all realize that relationships are what life is all about. Wisdom is learning that truth sooner rather than later. Don't wait until you're on your deathbed to figure out that nothing matters more."
-RICK WARREN, THE PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE
I saw my friend Joseph last Friday.
I took this picture because I never know if or when I will see him again.He's homeless. Two years ago, this man helped change a part of me like you wouldn't imagine.
I first met him about 10 years ago, walking around in midtown one freezing winter night with my friend Anthony (Hamilton)--who's probably one of the kindest, most generous souls I know--so when Anthony introduced me to "his friend, Joseph" I knew the guy had to be special. Anthony spotted Joseph on the corner, and convinced him to come inside for coffee before taking him next door to buy a winter coat. Joseph was very thankful... and he had honest eyes. He didn't say very much, but he nodded often. And he never smiled and rarely made eye contact, but you always knew he was listening.
His spirit (and their friendship) touched me, and I often wondered after that night how Joseph was. Anthony's career took off soon after, and I didn't get to see or speak with him much anymore to ask. I did happen to see Joseph a few more times over the years though, crossing the street carrying his things. His passings were quick and always random, and I was always very happy inside that he was ok, but I was usually too nervous and afraid to approach and say hi for some reason...I don't know why. And he always made it easy not to, because he never made eye contact...