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Ask not what your brother can do for you, ask what you can do for your brother.

Updated on August 15, 2014

Maybe this was Jim and maybe it was Eric.

We are not perfect but we are human and each human no matter how low we go can love another. We must recognize that many are in the battle and yet we are not.
We are not perfect but we are human and each human no matter how low we go can love another. We must recognize that many are in the battle and yet we are not. | Source

Who among us is so blameless that they can throw the first stone against their brother?

More important is the question: Who among can catch the first stone thrown at us and then gracefully throw it to the ground? We are beginning to capture and live in a "me" generation again and it is not so pretty. We are beginning to drift away into an abyss of "me" again. But if you read this you will be saved from that abyss -- I promise. Come with me to see yourself in my persona of this hub.

Jim picked up the wallet fallen on the ground - it was fat. Jim was down on his luck. The wallet had five hundred in cash in twenties a few fifties and some hundreds. He took it. There were are least 6 credit cards and an ATM with a paper tucked in with the pin number. It had a valid drivers license and two checks hidden in a zipper pouch. The address on the license was only two blocks away. It was sleeting rain/snow and Jim was cold. This weather made the shrapnel in his arm burn with pain as his body worked it out toward the skin in a festering that caused fever and a delirium of PTSD..

But he danged sure made the two blocks and rang on the door. God knows he needed a fix of morphine and he needed it now. Dr.Eric Black opened the door as Jim passed out falling with his arm out stretched and the wallet falling at Eric's, --the retired LT Col (USMC Doctor retired)-- foot.

The warm air of the home rushed at Jim's face and awakened him in horror, he squirmed up and yelled that he had stolen the money and stumbled down the three step stoop and into the now foggy night. He passed out 3 more times on the way to the methadone clinic loosing all track of time. He was kicked and beaten and robbed of the money. He arrived wet freezing and with a face so battered as to look like someone else.

A seven foot tall nurse grabbed him and removed his GI Jacket and checked his Id. The Doc on call shot him up in no time flat and saw the bulge of the shrapnel. He localized it and removed it post haste. Jim was fed intravenously and came around quite nicely eight hours later. JIm's life changed when he no longer felt the bulge in his arm. He saw God in the 7 foot tall nurse who had held his hand all night long. (Bill -corpsman medic retired)

Well neither man ever knew it but Eric was the Doc that had saved Jim in the battlefield 5 years before. And Eric was the Doc that saved him that night.

This is a lullaby I sing to my children. Funny but children get it better than adults.

Maybe this man is Jim and maybe he is Eric. Does it really matter?

Both these men are may friends.
Both these men are may friends. | Source

I cry for society and I am part of society but damn I wish I were not.

Now with the shrapnel gone, Jim was a new man.

He got himself cleaned up and got a small studio apartment one block from the clinic. He got sober and by time of 90 days he could see clearly again. Instead of passing out under a bench or bush or cardboard box and coming to looking up to see where he was he knew each day and where it began. Instead of being locked up at night he had a key and a lock on his own door.

And so it was time to give back. Reluctantly they accepted him for volunteer service at the same old clinic. He gladly cleaned up after the sick and scrubbed the toilets clean as a whistle and talked many a junky down as they came down and around.

Because of the great transformation in Jim only Bill recognized him from that fateful night that JIm was saved. After a time the clinic supervising doctor wrote Jim a letter of recommendation and Jim got a job as a janitor at a nearby factory. So all night long Jim would work cleaning for a living and everyday he would volunteer for his life at the clinic.

Jim saved his money hard and soon had 500 extra dollars under his mattress.

Our friend Dr. Eric Black was not doing so well. A debilitating depression had come over him and the medications and therapy just were not helping. On October 4th in his home he loaded a revolver and sat in his favorite chair and with his favorite brandy in hand cocked back the hammer to the gun and began to say a final prayer.

His prayer was not to be finished as there was a knock on the door. Not wanting to involve anyone with his own death Eric got up to shew away the unwanted visitor. Who he saw there was a man he recognized as the volunteer janitor down at the clinic all dressed up and standing at attention with his hat in hand. He was becoming soaked as it was a cold rainy and sleeting night out.

Jim now recognized him as the doctor at the clinic, and blurted out "I am so sorry Dr. Black that I stole your money, but I have now come to pay it back". Now all the memories came floating back into Eric's mind, this was the man at his door and indeed the man with the shrapnel. How could it be?! How could there be 3 transformations of the same man all caused by acts of kindness and what is good in the world.

Needless to say Jim had just saved Dr. Eric Black's life.

At this supper it is told that the greatest of them all washed the feet even of the man who betrayed him.

In small acts of kindness we can all make a huge difference in the life of another.
In small acts of kindness we can all make a huge difference in the life of another. | Source

Sorry but I will not give you a moral to this story.

What you take from this must be your own thoughts. Perhaps you will act on whatever it is that you take away from Jim and Bill and Eric.

But remember this, if not for the theft of the 500 dollars Jim would never have been beaten up and treated for injuries at the clinic and he would never have shown up to save Eric's life. So judge not our faults but look for the good that can come from any act.

What a great notion

Let us hope you can just skip this part.

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      Christin Sander 2 years ago from Midwest

      Very moving story Eric - a good reminder for all. I've worked in places where the homeless are viewed as worse than garbage and it always bothered me that society can just throw some people away without an ounce of compassion. Your story is a reminder that it doesn't always end up that way for everyone. Thanks for sharing.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A timeless message my friend. It takes so little effort to be human, and yet so many refuse to try.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      We can focus on the good if we try. Christin just by reading and commenting you have brightened my day!

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill the way you treat people on a daily basis is proof positive of the good we all can do with just a little effort.

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      Sustainable Sue 2 years ago from Altadena CA, USA

      A related saying has to do with letting your cup overflow. I realized the other day that it's not that I should give from a half empty cup, but that when I fill my own cup, creating the kind of life that's beautiful, exciting, fulfilling for me, then it will naturally spill over into other people's lives and support them in living fulfilling lives too. People have called that selfish BUT . . . here's where it turns into selfishness: When someone fills up their cup, but instead of letting it overflow they build a bigger cup . . . and then another bigger one and another, to the point that it never overflows to the good of others.

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      I often ponder the impact of two objects passing by each other. Sometimes they meet and interact, sometimes they do not. The whole world changes on each of those encounters, either way.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts! ;-)

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, the preacher and story-teller man, you know how to get your message across. And this is a great message. Thank you.

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      That is a beautiful story. True leadership was demonstrated by that man in the painting who washed his disciple's feet and later on cooked them a fish dinner on the beach. I like your new cool cowboy look. Great hub!

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great story and so interestingly summed up.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      And thank you much on your Homeplace series and your instructional writing article is awesome.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora you recent article is a must read for anyone trying to better themselves: https://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Responsib...

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Melman what a great piece you just wrote on our Postal SERVICE Thank you for dropping by and leaving a great comment.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      DDE that hub on moments was awesome -- thank you.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Excellent hub with a touching and important message!

      Very nicely written!

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you very much for reading and leaving such an uplifting comment.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      What a riveting short story Eric. I loved it. Your write very well. My mind never wondered where I was, or who was who. The moral of the story? Mmm It reminded me of the famous story of the farmer and his son...Or I might say that karma was playing out between two incarnating souls?

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you very much for such a pleasant and uplifting comment. I like your moral of the story.

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      ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

      You just never know how your actions are going to affect people. Even a little thing can make a big difference.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      O' our circle of life is just amazing when we watch for it and try.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, what great writing here and with such an important message for all. I truly loved reading this piece here.

      Brilliant, dear Eric!

      Blessings and peace always

      Up and more and tweeting and pinning, if that is okay.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      You make me smile Faith, thank you, I needed it this morning. Sharing my work is the greatest compliment.

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      watergeek 2 years ago

      BTW Eric - Isn't the word you want to use "blameless" rather than "blameworthy"? (You can delete this comment.)

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Watergeek --- how embarrassing and how thoughtful of you to point it out.

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      Mothers of Nations 2 years ago

      Touching story. Complicated yet so simple. Shows how our Lord can take the bad and turn it for good. Reminds me of the following scripture:

      Genesis 50:20 "You meant evil against me but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive."

      God bless you.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      mothersofnations, if we all had this mindset we would be much better off.

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