A convict from Darling ton, England was released from jail after serving three years for embezzlement.

One day, he happened to pass Mayor John Morel on the streets. Embarrassed and completely withdrawn due to what he had done earlier, the convict could not face the Mayor and pretended not to see him at all. He hurriedly walked past the Mayor. But all of a sudden, he felt a warm hand hold his trembling one. The Mayor spoke in a loving and compassionate tone,”Hello! I am so glad to see you! How are you?”The man was still unable to come to terms with what had just happened, and their meeting ended quite abruptly.

Years later, according to the story told by J. H. Jowett, Morel accidentally met the same man in another town. This time the young man was a reformed person altogether. He stopped the Mayor himself, looked into his
eyes and said, “Sir, I want to thank you for whatever you did for me when I came out of the prison. “”What did I do? “asked the Mayor, surprised.

1. “When the world turned its back on me for a crime I committed,you accepted me as a human being first. When I had no one to call my own, you held out your hand to me. Whatever I am today, it is because of that day, when you spoke a kind word to me. It has surely changed my life and I have none other than you to be grateful to, “replied the man.

2. A kind word, a compassionate hug and a smile, can change someone’s life for ever and make a big difference. We have the power to make such a difference in someone’s life.

In this Corona pandemic time it is important that we show our compassion for the victims and the stranded migrants. They too have family, relations, friends and a home. But they cannot go home due to the lockdown. Lockdown not look down people. Every human life is precious and valuable. We must help them when they are in need. Let us pledge to use this power, the power of COMPASSION, as often as we possibly can.

Have compassionate day..! May God bless you..!!