This is Steve. I met him today in downtown Dallas. I was drawn in by the shirt he was wearing. From my car I could see that it stated: I BELIEVE THAT #WEWILLWIN. I decided to turn around to talk with him. As I hopped out of my car he greeted me with a smile. "I like your shirt. May I take your photo?" He said yes. The slogan is actually from a past Microsoft campaign for the World Cup. I'm co-opting it, thanks Microsoft.
Steve and I chatted for a moment, and I asked if he was down on his luck. He said, "Yeah, but things are turning around." He proceeded to tell me about the art program offered locally and was excited about the upcoming art show. He's working on a painting that will be in the exhibit. The program is one of many social services provided by The Stewpot for people who find themselves homeless or in at-risk situations. The organization has been around since 1975 and works to provide basic needs including medical and mental therapy for anyone in the area in difficulty. I offered Steve a couple of dollars and he graciously thanked me. As we continued to talk a young man walking by looked down on his luck. Steve asked, "You need a dollar?" The young man said he did. Steve gave him one of the two he had.
It's easy to be disillusioned by the hate that seems so pervasive in our country, and in the world right now. I'm grateful for Steve, The Stewpot and this moment. They renew my faith that our higher selves will prevail. Even in the midst of unjust and tragic circumstances if we remember to be kind, benevolent and respectful to one another #wewillwin.