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I will admit, I was rather nervous. My speech wasn't until 3 p.m. My contact at Google came to the lobby to get me and almost immediately my nerves disappeared. We laughed, talked and it was very evident how much he appreciated me coming to share my story and inspire his team.
Truth is, that wasn't normal by any means. As a society, our relationship with homeless people is simple; either you drop a coin or walk by. It's impossible to connect with people as people because we let ourselves get divided only by borders, but also by our occupations, social status, and other arbitrary self-imposed barriers.
The idea of becoming an “overnight millionaire” is too good to resist — which is part of the reason why so many Canadians play the lottery each year. Sure, striking it rich might seem like a hard goal...
We do not have to have lived the same life as another person in order to take something away from their story -- in order to be moved by them. You, too, are likely moved by such stories. What happens -- inside -- when you are "moved" or inspired?