Wealth is in the Heart

by valli on March 4, 2013

Life lessons can be presented in many ways!

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About 5 years ago, a homeless man changed my life forever.

I stayed at home with my children until my youngest attended grade 1. It was then career time for this Mama! I started out as a makeup/skin care consultant for a major skin care company at Holt Renfrew, downtown Calgary. It was fine, but I ached for something more; I had big dreams, so I decided to attend a Makeup College and start my own business.

The classes were in the evenings and ironically landed on the nights I was free from my kids activities. I was pumped and so stoked, I always dreamed of working as a Pro Makeup Artist, and now I was one step closer to my dream. I was headed downtown to attend my first class, and while sitting on the corner waiting to turn left, I saw a homeless man begging for money. I was scrambling to give him my organic yogourt and blueberries that I had brought for later; unfortunately the cars behind me were honking for me to turn and I never got the chance to offer him the food.  I have always had compassion for the less fortunate.

The class went great, I felt a sense of purpose that I hadn’t felt in a long time! I could see clearly this was the right path for me; I recognized I had a natural talent for this industry, but something was telling me to stay grounded and not to lose who I was.

I left the class and was venturing home to celebrate with my husband. I was entering a busy street and it was late; as I was turning, a girl walked out in front of my car, and the next thing I saw was her falling down! I couldn’t believe it, did I just hit a pedestrian?!? I slammed my car into park and quickly ran outside to see if she was alright; she was sitting on the road, and I screamed “Are you okay, oh my god I’m so sorry, I didn’t see you!” I was shaking and horrified that I might have hurt her. The lady got up quickly and yelled in a frightened voice “Yes, I am fine.” A few cars stopped to see if she was okay, and as quickly as it happened, everyone was gone. I returned to my car, and drove into the alley shaking and crying; it felt like someone had thrown a boulder to my gut! I called the police to let them know; they didn’t seem too interested because no one was hurt and the victim walked away unharmed. I was in shock and feeling terrible; I was sitting in my car crying, not quite ready to drive home. I heard a knock on my car window; to my surprise it was that homeless man I had seen earlier. I rolled down my window, thinking he was going to ask me for money, but instead he uttered in the most comforting voice, “Ma’am don’t worry about it…this happens all the time on this corner…it’s hard to see when turning right onto the street…the girl was fine…it’s not your fault.” He went on to console me; this man had the sweetest voice, my heart softened as he spoke. Immediately I felt better by his presence;  in my eyes he had a heart of gold. I reached for some money and gave it to him and thanked him for his kindness. I will never forget what this experience has taught me:

Don’t judge a book by its cover. Under pain there is always light. Take nothing for granted. No matter what’s going on in life, it can be taken in a moment. Love the people that come into your life and teach you lessons. Stay humbled and grateful, because it’s the littlest things that mean the most.

This man showed up to remind me that true values lie within the heart.

~Valli

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