Compassion in the City

On the train into the city for a meeting with Unity’s Chapters youth this morning.

There was a man sleeping at the end of the line when I got on, and I figured he pulled a Karen and fell asleep while heading home. So I gently tried to wake him to let him know he was at the end of the line.

When he stirred but didn’t wake, the TTC employee nearby said, “It’s ok. Sometimes people just stay on the train.”

It took me a beat to recognize that yes, in this cold weather, some people probably do just stay on the train. And the TTC employee knew well enough to leave him be.

I just thought that was such a simple, and yet deep, gesture of compassion.





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