Long ago I met a man and knew him for a short time span. He had been through terrible trauma, multiple disappointments in life, and had his value system up ended. He said he had gone to others for guidance and help. The only thing that really helped him was a song by Simon and Garfunkel. He handed me a copy of it as he boarded the plane. I told him, “Go with God, my friend,” as he walked away.
Years have passed and I still wonder what happened to him. If I spoke to him today, my words would be different. I would say, ” I understand why you feel like that. You’ve been through hell. ” I would have hugged him before he walked away. He shared with me a very real part of himself. That deserves a response from the heart.