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An act of inspirational honesty

July 17th, 2012 by abvadmin

ACTIONS speak louder than words.

I was greatly inspired recently by the honesty, integrity and, indeed, generosity of a lady I never met or probably never will.

Along with 50,000 people, I attended The Stone Roses’ summer concert in the Phoenix Park.

It was a fantastic occasion of music, energy and celebration.

Walking to the venue in what, to say the least, were damp conditions took some time.

During the concert, I realised my wallet was missing.

I thought it was misplaced, lost or that I had been pick-pocketed.

I tried to let it go and not get too upset but, obviously, it was disappointing and worrying, with regards to bank cards and so forth.

The following morning, as I was walking by the River Barrow at 7.30am, my mobile phone rang.

A lady said: “Are you Fr Paddy Byrne?”

Immediately, she told me how she had found my wallet, wherein she found a Liverpool Supporters’ Club card with my name and address on it.

Two days later, I received my wallet by post, with all its contents, including some cash.

The same lady told me that she noticed my wallet was old and somewhat tattered and took the liberty of buying me a new one.

Honesty is such a wonderful gift.

This lady was truly inspirational.

Much has been written in relation to another concert at the same venue, where anti-social behaviour and violence raised its ugly head.

My feeling is, however, that so often bad news travels much faster than the wonderful good news that’s felt in abundance every day in all of our lives.

And no matter what colour the clouds are, these summer days provide an opportunity for us to grow and find time to relax and experience peace.

I always find the following reflection nourishing and uplifting.

“Ask ‘what’s possible?’, not ‘what’s wrong?’

Keep asking. Notice what you care about. Assume that many others may share your dreams.

Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters. Talk to people you know. Talk to people you don’t know. Talk to people you never talk to.

Be intrigued by the difference you hear.

Expect to be surprised. Treasure curiosity more than certainty.

Invite everybody who cares to work on what’s possible.

Did anyone ever tell you that Jesus enjoyed life, desired life to the full and promised it to us; that he considered the lilies in the field, the birds in the trees, turned his toes up to the sun.

“People were drawn to him, like parched earth to water and greenness. He fed them with the milk of human kindness and warmth of care and laughter. He was crucified because he told the truth; and we have glorified his suffering and distorted the story of why he freed the fetters of the brokenhearted.

“Let us go back and start again. This time, be still and listen. I don’t need two shirts on my back, nor paraphernalia to smother truth; but truth still shines like sunshine melting fog, or peeping merrily through mountain, tree and cloud.”

Good morning, sun – let’s start the day. Embrace the Hope!

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