For the past 48 hours, the blogsphere has been abuzz with the news of Ted Williams, who in three days has gone from homeless Columbus, Ohio panhandler to world-famous voiceover talent.
It’s a heart-warming story, a metaphor for hope and redemption in a time where such stories are desperately needed.
But while we’re celebrating Mr. Williams’ new-found success, let’s not forget there are are hundreds of thousands of people still living on the streets, each of them with talents–perhaps not as obvious as his, but there nevertheless–yet to be tapped. And there are millions of kids who’ll go to bed hungry tonight, each with talents that might go unnoticed if they’re not fed. Perhaps some of the energy and attention focused on Mr. Williams’ story can be redirected to others who need it, now that he seems to be doing okay.
Here’s a suggestion for Mr. Williams. When you’re solidly back on your feet (toward which you appear to be headed), use your notoriety, your unique experience and your God-given voice to speak for others whose less-fortunate lives you understand more than most of us ever will. Perhaps you’re already moving in this direction. If so, Godspeed.