Once there was a man according to an old tale who was so filled with despondency that he decided to commit suicide. He started on his long walk across the city toward the bridge which was to be his jumping-off place. But he promised himself that if he met one smiling, happy, friendly-looking person on the way, he would turn back from his bitter errand.
Oddly, the story ends without answering the question whether or not the mission ended with suicide. The tale , however, poses a question, one of those haunting personal questions which pop into the mind now and then. If that man had met you, would he have turned back and taken up his life with a measure of courage?
-Dr. Harold Blake Walker.