I saw you, I heard your cries and you matter to this world more than you realize.
These were my thoughts during a Delta flight from Salt Lake City to Dallas where I personally witnessed a situation that truly was heart breaking.
A man wanted to change his seat on the airplane because he did not like the person or rather the color of this person’s skin that was supposed to sit next to him. The flight attendants found him another seat at the back of the plane since someone volunteered to change seats. I did not hear the exact words that were spoken when all this happened, but I saw the aftermath. This person put the hood of their sweater over their head and face in attempt to conceal their tears.
There was no scene and no verbal attacks; however, the damage was done. I am not going to pretend I understand what this person was feeling or thinking, but I do know one thing. This person, the flight attendants and the volunteer handled the situation with class and grace that truly inspired me.
If I was in the same situation I am not sure how I would react. When I found out what happened I really wanted to go to the back of the plane to physically and verbally throw down with this fool, but at the end of the day he was not worth the energy.
Instead, it made me truly stop and think.
I wondered what that man had been through or was going through in that moment to be so hateful and ugly. It made me feel sorry for him because I am convinced he was sitting next to one of the strongest and gracious person that I have seen in a long time.
In the words of my mentor and teacher, Cynthia Pasquella, we all want to be seen, heard and feel like we matter. Sadly, most of us go through each day not feeling this way.
I would like to propose a challenge to all of us, myself included.
I challenge you to rally around this person by doing one act of random kindness for someone today. Whether you brighten a stranger’s day with a smile, compliment or pay for their coffee or meal let’s truly go out and make a difference in someone’s life. At the end of the day none of us should be made to feel unloved or unworthy.
We all matter. YOU matter.
Please accept this challenge and let’s turn this unacceptable act into a positive movement for change. Are you with me?