He sat there on his bench, alone. He tried to smile and make eye contact with those who passed, but they ignored him and pretended as though he wasn’t even there. He felt like a fly – like a nuisance to those around him, even though he had done nothing except attempt to be friendly. He remembered the days he and his wife would walk to the park together and sit on this very same bench. Except now, it was just him. She had passed away a few years ago and he dearly missed her. Though alone, he still walked to that same park every day and sat on that same bench. Oh how he wished a friendly face would smile back. Heck, he’d call it miraculous if someone just whispered “Hello”.
Often we dismiss or purposefully ignore the people around us, who are crying out in silent desperation. Sometimes it’s because it makes us uncomfortable and sometimes it’s because we just don’t notice it. So many, young and old, are quietly drowning in their own hopelessness, left to feel alone because no one is reaching out.
Reader, tonight I ask you – who do you know who is silently drowning? If your answer is I don’t know, I’d say it means you haven’t asked. Everyone is in need of a friend. If you think that someone has it all together or that they don’t need anyone, you may want to start with inviting that same person out for lunch or for coffee. Often the ones that look like they have it all together, are the very same ones most in need of a friend.
I encourage you to find at least one person who is in need. Reach out and extend a friendly invitation. You might be amazed at what you find.