Homeless person Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho spent 35 years living on the streets. Throughout the day, he tried to write poetry and short stories, but no one ever read them.
The daily writing continued for Raimundo. Like many other poets and writers, he also wanted to have his works published all over the world, but few publishers would be willing to take a chance on a penniless dreamer.
But everything changed for the better when Raimundo met Shalla in the spring of 2011.
Shalla couldn’t help but wonder what was going on with the stray Raimundo who was always sitting with a pen. As she passed, he was continuously scribbling on scraps of paper.
Shalla received one of Raimundo’s poems at last. Since she passed the man’s extraordinary talent while walking, she created a Facebook page to highlight it.
Shalla and Raimundo were unable to foresee how it would finish.
When his poetry and stories were published, an unexpected figure emerged from the shadows.
The 77-year-old Brazilian street dweller Raimundo has endured a horrible amount of time.
Prior to moving to the city of So Paulo at the age of 23, he was raised in a rural area. There, he had jobs selling books and gardening.
However, during the military dictatorship that troubled the country in the late 1970s, Raimundo was without a home.
He spent 35 years living on the streets but never stopped writing poetry and short stories. Despite the fact that others were unaware of his work, he continued.
Although it was challenging to live on the streets—Raimundo “lived” by a busy road and dressed in black bags—he had one sincere passion.
Raimundo sat in the same place every day, and those who passed by had no idea why he was so preoccupied with his scrunched-up scraps of paper.
The passing villagers viewed him as a nasty old man who had fallen on hard times and had no interest in helping himself.
However, Raimundo continued to write, daydreaming of the moment his work would be accepted for publication.
Then, in 2011, he grew close with a young woman by the name of Shalla Monteiro.
She kept in touch with him every day until he finally consented to give her some of his poetry.
Shalla created a Facebook page to share the project with the public after being particularly moved by it.
When Raimundo’s essay was posted online, he received a ton of positive feedback. Locals sought him out and supported him with thoughtful gifts and encouraging words.
The number of fans on Raimundo’s Facebook page grew over time, and at one point, that number stood at 100,000.
But the fame was only a small part of the whole. When they saw Raimundo’s picture on Facebook, a certain someone recognized him. There was the brother he had lost.
The brother called Raimundo right away to extend an invitation to move into his house. What wonderful luck it was to run into each other again after all those years!
After an unbelievable 35 years, Raimundo had the opportunity to finally bathe, shave, and groom himself.
Now that he has a comfortable home, Raimundo can sleep well at night. What a little effort can accomplish is truly amazing.
Raimundo and Shalla continue to be good friends.
“The Conditioned,” a critically acclaimed documentary, charts Raimundo’s extraordinary ascent from poverty to affluence.
Undoubtedly, there are homeless people living on the streets all over the world.
Many times due to factors beyond their control, there are people who, like you and me, are resigned to lives filled with mud, starvation, and cold.
They have the same aspirations, skills, and talents as everyone else because they are also people.
We can only show our care by providing support when it is required. Shalla, kudos for demonstrating the impact even a little compassion can have. Eventually, we hope, it will set off a chain reaction that keeps transforming lives through the power of positivity.
You never know how a kind act may impact another person. Being kind will help you avoid encountering an angel.
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