A boy stole stuff for his mom, and it paid off for the shopkeeper in the end.

Imagine you met this little law-breaking, ne'er-do-well kid.

He's a thief who stole food from your store.


At that moment, you've got a choice. You can either punish him or try to understand his reasoning.

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Imagine you decided to be generous and understanding.

And you discover his mom is very sick.

Like, super-sick. The kind of sick where she can't work or provide food for her children.

So you offer him your food.

It's not much, but it's what you have.

Now fast-forward.

It's 30 years later, and you're just living your life — still being that Mr. Rogers-type person...

And something happens ... you get sick.


It's devastating to your whole family. HUGE medical bills.

But that one small moment of generosity from years ago changed a life. And now it's changed YOUR life.


All expenses paid ... 30 years ago.



We are all bumbling around this planet, and each of us comes from a different situation in life. There's never really a way to know what someone else's circumstances are or what drives any of us to make the choices we make. What we do know is that sometimes we will be wronged in big or small ways. When this happens, maybe we can take a moment to think about the motivations of other people and try to mentally meet them where they are. If we apply this story, maybe, just maybe, we can begin to understand each other and make life a little bit easier.

This article originally appeared on 01.09.18


Why should a superintendent get a raise while teachers in the same district struggling to make ends meet see their paychecks flatline — year after year after year?

Teacher Deyshia Hargrave begged the question. Minutes later, she was handcuffed and placed in the backseat of a cop car.

The scene was captured below by YouTube user Chris Rosa, who attended a board meeting for Vermilion Parish Schools in Louisiana.

You can watch Hargrave begin speaking about 33 seconds in. The situation starts becoming contentious around 6:35 minutes. Hargrave is arrested at 8:35, and then walked outside in handcuffs and placed in the back of police vehicle. (Story continues below.)



"We work very hard with very little to maintain the salaries that we have," Hargrave, who teaches middle school language arts, said during a public comment portion of the meeting, stating that she's seen classroom sizes balloon during her time at the school with no increased compensation. "We're meeting those goals, while someone in that position of leadership [the superintendent] is getting raise? It's a sad, sad day to be a teacher in Vermilion Parish."

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