Imagine walking the distance equivalent, to that of Detroit to Los Angeles in just one year. That was the reality for James Robertson. Every single day he had to walk a total of 21 miles to get to work and back because he couldn’t afford to get his car fixed and every single day a wealthy banker saw him walk until one day he offered him a ride. The banker learned his story and decided to share it out on Free Press. A young college student learned his story and had to help, so he created a fund to help James Robertson buy a car. In just one month he raised 350,000 dollars for James Robertson and the generous people at a Ford dealership gave him a Red Ford Tarus, free of charge. Today, James Robertson is enjoying his new apartment outside of the dangerous Detroit area he previously lived in and a well deserved time of leisure after ten years of hard work.
“You should never be proud of doing what’s right. You should just do what’s right.”-Dean Smith
The beautiful thing to me in this story is that no one had to do anything and no one asked for anything. I think in our society that is a very undervalued quality. Their are very few people who do good things simply because its the right thing, and we’re all guilty of doing the opposite. I think that is incurable human condition so its pointless to address but, we can fix another problem.
The story I mentioned in the beginning of this is very touching, but my only problem with it is that it took almost ten years for someone to help James Robertson. How do we fix it? We don’t have to give everyone struggling 350,000 dollars, but if we all just do small things we can get to a world where James Robertson didn’t have to walk twenty miles to get to work for ten years. Next, time you see someone in distress, don’t do what we’re all guilty of and avoid eye contact but maybe ask what the problem and if you can’t help, that’s fine, apologize politely and wish them well.