Winston Churchill once said, “courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”
For Wilma Price, courage came in the form of the latter, when she walked past a homeless man as she exited Walmart in Huntsville, Texas. The man was holding a sign that said, “Dog in pound. Need help.”
With just $8 in her pocket, she kept walking, but then something made her stop and turn around. “I looked at him and I couldn’t get over it,” Price told CBS News. “He looked like a little boy standing there lost.”
Price sat down and listened to the homeless man, and learned quite a bit. His name was Patrick and he had lost his beloved dog a few days earlier when he was arrested for trespassing. Patrick spent two days in jail, while his dog, Franklin, ended up in the pound and was labeled as a stray.
Even worse, the pound was asking for $120 to cover the time spent in the pound and an update on vaccines. Patrick didn’t have the money to get his dog out of the pound, but he also wasn’t about to give up on Franklin.
Inspired by Patrick’s love for his dog, Price decided to do something about it. She called up a friend from who she borrowed the money and went with Patrick to retrieve his dog. When the two were reunited, it was a moment of bliss for both the dog and Patrick.
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Please also sit down and listen to those whom you’d rather not. It’s only through empathy and love that we can change the world.
[Featured Image: Wilma Price]