When we come across a homeless person outside, it’s far too easy to look past them and completely dismiss them. This sad reality is particularly true for those of us who live in bigger cities. Many of us assume the worst about them even though we really don’t know a single thing about them. But some people are simply dealt a bad hand in life and if you give them a chance, they’ll show you that they have a beautiful heart that’s full of love, and they really do have a lot to offer to this world. You can never judge a book by its cover. One glowing example of this comes from São Paulo, Brazil.
His name is Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho and for 35 years, this 77-year-old homeless man spent his days doing his passion: writing poetry and short stories.
But Raimundo’s work remained completely invisible to the world until one day in 2011, he befriended a woman named Shalla. Shalla had noticed Raimundo always outside of his make-shift shelter, writing away on scraps of paper. So she took the time to speak with him.
The video below is a critically acclaimed documentary called “The Conditioned” and it tells the incredible story of Ramundo’s life and how it changed after giving Shalla one of his poems. Shalla was so touched by Ramundo’s poetry that she started a Facebook page to share his work with the world. What happened next is nothing short of a miracle.
Watch Raimundo’s beautiful story below and let us know what you think.
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