A friend of mine, whom I actually met on ATS, told me a pretty incredible story.
I'm going to share this tale with you all in light of all the garbage we hear about in the media.
This is in a way a bit of a feel-good story.
My friend isn't looking for fame or anything.
This was a true gesture of the heart.
On the other hand, I would personally like to see this man's kind act of kindness be heard as far as it can reach.
ATS member Cymru and I began talking a little over a year and a half ago.
We were both going through a rough patch in life.
He made a post on ATS about things going on in his life.
So I sent him a msg letting him know he could drop me a line if he needed to talk.
I was going through some crap and instead of drinking away the sorrows - been sober 6 years. I figured maybe talking with someone would be better than
feeling sorry for myself.
Well he messaged.
And we have been chatting since.
With the help of each other, we were both able to get things back on track.
Me with my wife, him with a woman he loved.
To be honest, I've never been one to open up to someone I don't know.
But for some reason, it was easy with him.
It seemed like we were both going through a very similar situation.
He lives over in the UK, myself in Canada.
There would be time's when life got busy and a week or two would go by until one of us found the time to send a quick "Hey, hows things going on
your side of the world? Hows the missus or the kids"... things like that.
It's understandable for these brief time lapses to take place.
The woman who he was with had a child who was very sick and has had to overcome some challenges due to the illness.
Being the man he is, he took care of them both.
Putting their needs above all else.
Not only being her rock but a father figure to her daughter.
Well fast forward to about two weeks ago, I get a message saying he's gonna pop the question.
I thought for sure he was about to be an engaged man.
A day or two goes by and I get another message:
" Its all over. She really was/is the love of my life.
A new coping strategy; I'm going to leave her engagement ring somewhere in public with a note saying I hope it will bring someone more luck than me.
see if it does make someone's day.
Sounds weird but it's my way of dealing with the loss."
I'm going to leave out most of the details, but she's sick now and is on medication.
It's true all people deal with high-stress situations differently.
Perhaps her coping mechanism is to push others away?
I don't know. But that's neither here nor there.
What I want to focus on is him leaving the ring for someone else.
He could have returned it no problem.
But he's hoping it can be the start of a life long happiness for another couple.
That just shows a person's true kind nature.
Here is a pic of the ring left out in public.
I really hope someone deserving of it picked it up.
Im eager to see if anyone emails him with a story to tell.