Alan made his way towards the center of the room, where Lucy had already sat back down. There was space next to her on the sofa, but he chose to sit in a folding chair, opting not to move the t-shirt off the back. For a person walking in to such a small room, Alan was surprisingly at ease, or so it appeared from the outside.
I attempted to wield control of the conversation by asking him point blank, “Not to sound unappreciative, but what brings you here today?”
The words that followed were not at all what I had anticipated. Speaking in a monotone, as if truth and unencumbered grace flowed right from his sternum, Alan began, “Each morning, I wake up and ask myself this question. ‘Alan, are you doing all you can today to make somebody else’s day just a little bit better?’ Of course, I ask this question rhetorically, but then I try and find a way to have a positive impact at some point during my day. The longer I wait to realize this potential, the more of a pressing need I feel to accomplish said duty. Today, I have pushed this feeling completely to the limit. The sun has already set and nightfall has taken over. I have come here, in search of something even greater. I have been directed, not by my own conscious thought, but rather by trying to limit my own influence on each decision. I am here, right now, to share what I have learned from this experience.”
To be continued…