A few years ago, I took a sightseeing trip to London. I saw many of our nation’s treasures. And I also saw a lot of our fellow citizens on the street - unlucky ones, like beggars and homeless people.
Standing on the Oxford Street, I heard a voice (1) ________ “Can you help me?” When I turned around, I saw (2) ________ elderly blind woman with her hand extended. Naturally, I reached into my pocket, pulled out all of my change and placed it in her hand without (3) ________ at her. I was annoyed that I (4) ________by a beggar.
But the blind woman smiled and said, “I don’t want your money. I just need help finding the post office.”
In a second, I realized what I had done. I’d judged another person (5) ________by what I supposed she had to be.
I hated (6) ________I saw in myself. This event brought back my belief. I believed in that I should never look down upon others, (7) ________I’d lost that belief for a moment.
The thing I had forgotten about myself is that I came from another country. I left Honduras and (8) ________Britain at the age of 15. I started my new life (9) ________two suitcases, my brother, my sister and a strong mother. Through the years, I have been a dish washer, roofer, mechanic, cashier and pizza delivery driver, among many (10) ________different jobs. Finally, I became a network engineer.
So far, in my own life, I (11) ________many acts of being looked down upon by others. I remember a time at age 17 - I was a busboy, and I heard a father tell his little boy, “(12) ________you do not do well in school, you will end up like him.”
But now, living my Britain middle-class lifestyle, it is too easy to forget my past, to forget who I am and where I have been, and to lose sight of where I want to go. That blind woman dealt with (13) ________blindness successfully. She reminded me of my belief in never looking down upon others, and to always keep my eyes and he