There are little things many people do every day which keep you from hating mankind for all the evil it spills out every day. For every terrorist bombing innocent civilians, there is a man who spends half his earnings feeding children on the streets. For every dictator in every New World country, there are people like Dennis Mukwege Mukengere who treats war refugees for years on end simply out of his own pocket or from whatever donations he can muster.
Then again, there are people like the person we are here to tell you about, who do great things, inspiring love and hope. Although the things they do are on a much smaller and more personal scale, it is just as important in the greater scheme of things: “For he who comforts the sick is a soul close to God himself.”
Hospital transporter sings to patients
Lindon Beckford is a hospital transporter, one of those staff members who push patients’ beds to their respective rooms. He works at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre, Boston.
Working day in and day out, he moves patients to and from surgery units and helps them into their rooms after procedures.
But, despite his profession, like many others, Beckford’s original dream was to be a performer, a singer.
However, this was thwarted by his extreme stage fright, something even professionals suffer from for long drawn-out periods of time in their lives.
Anyway, so Beckford ended up giving that up and moving on with his life.
But old habits, and especially habits of musicians, die hard. And while working his day job, he kept humming to himself and to his patients. And he still sounds like an absolute angel.
Check out this video, with his voice:
As a child, he sang ‘to comfort himself’ when he realized people had been listening. And what better way to half-realize your childhood dream than by using your gift to become a healer.
So here came his moment, helping patients heal with his voice as he transported them all over the hospital. Singing absolute classics from the repertoires of masters like Elvis Presley, Kenny Rogers and the like, he helps soothe the nerves of so many every day.
Now, he has become such a hit with all the patients that they actually give him requests, as they do on the radio, asking him to sing their favourites. There are others still, like the lady in the video, who ask “him to sing whatever he wants because his voice sounds so beautiful.”
Depending on the patient, he sings what he thinks will relieve them of their pain. And he has been doing this job for 31 long years.
Imagine the number of lives he has touched and the amount of hope he has given to so many people.
A truly wonderful soul!
This only goes to show you that no matter what you do in life or where you are in life, you can always use your gifts to help people. That is probably why fate put you where you are at that point in time.
If that thought doesn’t cheer you up, very few things will.
In conclusions, like the great Kenny Rogers and the equally great Lindon Beckford sing:
“Because I believe that dreams and plans and wishes can come true
I believe in miracles, I believe in magic too
Oh, I believe in Santa Claus and I believe in you.”