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Inspiring Humans of Dublin story shows how one gesture of kindness can change someone's life

Sasha Brady

Published 31/12/2015 | 09:47

Glenn's Humans of Dublin story shows how acts of kindness can make a big difference in someone's life
Glenn's Humans of Dublin story shows how acts of kindness can make a big difference in someone's life

This inspiring Humans of Dublin story shows how one small gesture of kindness can change someone's life.

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The Facebook page Humans of Dublin is full of uplifting stories that make us realise just how inspiring the characters of our city can be.

One recent story, however, reminded us that people can touch our lives and make an impact without even realising - just by one, small act of kindness.

It's the story of Glenn's - an actor, writer, director and ambassador at the Dublin Simon Community - encounter with a stranger that encouraged him to return home to his family after years of living on the streets.

"The turning point of my life was a young girl in 1999 walking by with her boyfriend at Christchurch on New Year’s Eve," he said in the Facebook post.

"It was lashing rain and I was sitting on some concrete steps with my long hair and beard, listening to the bells, wondering where my family were and how they were. Out of nowhere the young girl kneeled down in front of me, and like an angel with her blue eyes, said 'Hi! What’s your name?’ I had to think. Nobody calls you by your name on the streets."

"The turning point of my life was a young girl in 1999 walking by with her boyfriend at Christchurch on New Year’s Eve....

Posted by Humans of Dublin on Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The girl and her boyfriend shared cans and cigarettes with Glenn and the young woman asked him what would make him happy.

"She asked again 'If you could have one wish what would it be?' I told her I wished to be with my family. 'So why don't you go home?' She asked. I said no, that it’d been too long - three and half years. And she said 'Just go!' Just like that. This girl in her late twenties being the wisest person in the world. Then she gave me a kiss on the cheek and wished me a happy New Year".

That chance encounter changed Glenn's life completely.

"She's out there somewhere not knowing what she did that day. You can make a difference in someone's life that you might never meet again. You have the power. The best thing you can take from this world is the belief that you made a difference. I went home the next day."

It's the simple, acts of kindness that can make the world of difference to someone.

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