Friday, March 28, 2008

Julio Diaz and his new acquaintance

Thought this was a sweet story...
Julio Diaz has a daily routine. Every night, the 31-year-old social worker ends his hour-long subway commute to the Bronx one stop early, just so he can eat at his favorite diner.

But one night last month, as Diaz stepped off the No. 6 train and onto a nearly empty platform, his evening took an unexpected turn.

He was walking toward the stairs when a teenage boy approached and pulled out a knife.

"He wants my money, so I just gave him my wallet and told him, 'Here you go,'" Diaz says.

As the teen began to walk away, Diaz told him, "Hey, wait a minute. You forgot something. If you're going to be robbing people for the rest of the night, you might as well take my coat to keep you warm."
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Thanks to BoingBoing for the heads-up on this heart warming story. Reminded me of something somebody said once about turning the other cheek... going the extra mile and giving your shirt off your back. Nice!

1 comment:

Jonathan Blundell said...

Love it!

Shane Claiborne talks about this idea a lot in Chp 2 of Jesus for President.

Imagine, if someone slaps your cheek, they're saying, "You're not equal to me. You're less of a person than I am."
If you turn the other cheek, they can no longer slap you with the right hand (like Middle Eastern cultures, the left hand isn't used). They have to actually make a fist to hit you. Plus you force them to look you in the eye - forcing them to realize, "This is a person just like me."

I could go on - but then I'd take away the joy of reading the book yourself ;-)

Love it.


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