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My Feet are Off the Ground!

Hey everybody!

This morning I woke and was so frustrated about all the stuff I'm dealing with, trying to get this studio open. I was about to open my mouth and start complaining when I remembered something that happened to me about a year ago.

I was walking to my car and this woman who looked to be homeless started walking towards me. I'm ashamed to say this but I thought, "I don't feel like being hustled today." Then I got quickly convicted. I felt guilty so I started digging in my pocket for some money. As she got closer I noticed that she had the kindest eyes that I had ever seen. As I was reaching into my pocket she started to speak. I thought, "Here goes the sales pitch". She said "Excuse me sir, I need some shoes". Can you help me? My eyes filled with water because I remember being out on the streets and having only one pair of run over shoes. I was taken aback for a second.

I took her inside the studio and had my wardrobe people find shoes in her size. As she put the shoes on she started crying, praising God and thanking Jesus, and saying, "My feet are off the ground! My feet are off the ground!" Several of the wardrobe people started crying. I was crying. But I never forgot that, "My feet are off the ground!"

I thought, "Wow! All she wanted was some shoes." She quickly disappeared and never asked me for a dime. I realized that I still had the money in my hand so I went out looking for her. She was gone just that quick so I looked all around the neighborhood for her. I found her standing on a corner looking down at her shoes still crying. I was so touched I asked her how she had gotten homeless. She told me that she had AIDS and that she was waiting to get into a shelter. She said that her family had turned their backs on her and she had nowhere to go and that God would make a way for her. I said to myself, "He just did." Her faith and her praise moved me.

I took her to a nearby hotel and put her up until she was able to get on her feet. I had someone that worked for me to check on her from time to time and make sure that she had food and clothes. After about a month or so we lost touch but I never forgot her.

This past summer I was shooting "Daddy's Little Girls" and this woman walks up to me smiling. I didn't recognize her face but her eyes were familiar. She had on a really nice dress and her hair was done. It was her! She told me that the little help that I had given her changed her life. She was in a house now and doing very well.

I said all of that to say this. After I met this woman, every time I think about complaining and mumbling I remember, "My feet are off the ground!"

I wanted to share this with you just to let you know that when I say that I am thankful for you, I really mean it. And when I say that you are a blessing to me, I mean it. We take so much for granted sometimes that I just wanted all of you to know that I am grateful to God for you everyday.

Thank you for being in my life,


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  • M.H1

    Excuse me. Just passing thru looking for something.

  • Beautiful!! Love

    Thank you or being in my life. Thank you for your patience and understanding, too. I love you!

  • Thank you

    for being in my life too. I love you!

  • M.H

    Thank you for being in mines. MY FEET ARE OFF THE GROUND!

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    • M.H #1883988

      Thank you!♥♥♥

  • Stella Nairobi, Kenya

    Hey, I like the way you take events that may otherwise look unimportant and turn them into memorable moments and even lessons. Can you imagine that woman may still be in the streets thinking she’s got no home if you hadn’t shown kindness to her? God bless you Tyler.

  • Joran MO

    That is a touching story I satryed to cry when it says that she yelled my feet are off the grou.d. Yet after reading that i thpught what would Midea do shes my role model she is craizer than me she wont take no for an answer. Media is funny and I am thankful that you do what you do no matter if ots helping people with their needs or making people laugh on stage. Im thankful to read the fact that you changed her life but you have changed mine as well. You have changed everyones life that watches you. You make them smile,laugh,cry,and make them want to be a better person. I hope yoi read this and some what under stand what Im writing.

  • Gerry Abuja

    Mr Tyler,thanks for this message. All I can do is ask God to forgive me for always complaning when I should be praising God for his Numerous Blessings on my life. God please forgive me for my Ungratefulness. God bless u Mr Tyler for being such an inspiration. I thank God my feet are off the ground. Remain Blessed!

  • VickiR Monrovia, CA

    Sometimes we need a testimony like this to bring us all back to reality and to appreciate the many blessings we have from Our Father. If you have a roof over your head, clothing on your back and food in your mouth once or twice per day, you are already doing better than most in the world. God bless you, Tyler and thank you....Vicki

  • Carolyn Houston, Texas

    Thanks for sharing such a beautiful testimony. I was helped beyond what I could express in words. I thank you for I'm so thankful my feet are off the ground...nothing else matters but I hope others take this testimony and use it to be blessed!

  • PureHeart% ocala, Florida

    Hi Mr. Perry now this story brought me to tears.. tears of joy it feels good to know that there are people who still care especially a total stranger. Everyone needs somebody no matter who you are or what you are.. that's why I love my mom so much she is deceased now but in her time here on this earth she didn't have to much of nothing but her heart was so rich and loving she would give you the shirt off her back this story. Is just a blessing a true blessing thank God for you being the person that you are.

  • Michelle Timberlake Jachin AL

    Wow that is too kewl Ty. I love this story!

  • Beatrice Rodriguez Philadelphia, PA

    I was blessed to have had the opportunity to see the movie Good Deeds. The movie inspired me to take an honest appraisal of my life and as such, I have been prompted to write this post. I found the movie to be very powerful in that it alerted me to the fact that I am in the midst of a traumatic life event - homelessness. I have not had the opportunity to obtain consistent full time or part time employment for four years, actually since the summer of 2008. (I was a full time administrator of a shelter, part-time student and had previous rented a home for approximately 9 years). My email account has been re-organized to accommodate the influx of online applications During that time, I had utilized my savings, pensions, annuities and 401K and by the end of 2009, we were homeless and lived in an actual church for approximately 10 months. However, in the shelter I was able to complete the remaining degree requirements for my first Associates Degree in Liberal Arts. In such a critical time of my life, my son had graduated on time from H.S, my daughter from middle school and I graduated from college. In the midst of turmoil I felt a great sense of accomplishment and I Praise God for the experience. In the first year of the new apartment we were also blessed to have had a local housing agency to assist with the market rent in which the funds had expired in the first year. I also managed to initiate the start-up paperwork for a limited liability service business - which has been in-active. In the midst, I’ve completed the degree requirements for the second Associates Degree in Business Administration. I feel that God has used your recent movie Good Deeds and your message board “My Feet Are Off The Ground”, to speak to my heart and to help me to realize that I need help! I thought it was best to postpone the completion of my bachelor’s degree for a couple of months so that I could reassess my life and to prevent a second homelessness - the traumatic life event. I would like to prevent a second homelessness and create jobs - especially for my son. I recognize that I need help and at this time I am asking - Would you please help me? I thank you, in advance!

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