You’ve Got a Friend
by Kristi Jo Jedlicki
It is easy to be accepting of others whom we find to be socially acceptable or “normal”, if you will. It can be far more difficult, though, to be accepting and supportive of those who are “different”. The ability to treat others with respect and love, especially those who are deemed to be abnormal, is one of the greatest acts of kindness. Recently, I was the witness to such an act of kindness that left an imprint on my heart.
John is a guest at the day shelter for homeless men where I work, and he often can be found sitting quietly among the other guests or greeting the staff in a distinctive voice. He also lives with a severe mental illness that sometimes affects his ability to distinguish fact from fiction and can make it challenging to carry on a coherent…
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