As a motivational speaker, I’m inspired by stories of compassion that include taking action which brings me to 31-year-old, Michigan police officer Ben Hall. After pulling over a female driver, he discovered her 5-year old daughter in the back seat was without a booster car seat. Rather than making a snap judgment and decision to issue a ticket, he chose to listen to her story. The woman, in a borrowed car, was struggling financially. Her car, complete with booster seat, was repossessed days earlier. What happened next is the magic. The officer made the decision to have mom and daughter meet him at a nearby Walmart, and he purchased a car seat for the little girl. When checking out, the Walmart cashier snapped a picture, posted it online and the news went viral. Ben Hall said, “What she was going through is something I could have been going through." Yes, Ben, but not everybody would take the next step and follow through on the feeling.
Ben’s not alone. A friend of mine came across an older, homeless woman living day-to-day in various parks around the city. The resemblance to her own mother sparked a conversation that led to a crowdfunding campaign resulting in the homeless woman's move to a small, studio apartment with six months of paid rent.
Compassion is powerful, but compassion combined with action is powerful beyond measure.