A Thanksgiving reminder: from Afghanistan to Paris, and everywhere in-between

Arya and I, in our unlikely friendship, have somehow transcended all barriers — language, culture, religion, etc. — and developed a connection that stands strong despite his transfer to a migrant center more than 800 kilometers away from Paris.

Before his transfer, my partner and I invited Arya for a farewell dinner at our apartment. He arrived perfectly on time; I smiled when I saw he was wearing a t-shirt that we bought together during the sales earlier that summer.

Photo: © Nitr/Shutterstock

It’s easy to be generous when you have more than what you need to live a comfortable life. But it really takes a special person to be generous when your basic needs haven’t even been met.

Try to imagine what it’s like…

But meeting Arya and experiencing his simple act of generosity reminded me that, above all, success to me means practicing kindness.

Kindness in the face of adversity.

Photo: © Amber Christino



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Amber Christino Jordan

Amber Christino Jordan

Sharing stories of humanity, family and my journey working with marginalized groups. Hoping to help conquer xenophobia with radical compassion.