The man on the ground suffered in silent humiliation as one after the other the booted feet landed in front of him. He looked at the picture of a little girl smiling up at him and picked up the shoe polish once again. He valued her life more than his pride.
Note: I just wanted to add a saying that I grew up with – No job is too small. There will be times in life when nothing goes your way; most people choose to give up their lives rather than their pride. But the ones who know the true value of life know that some things are worth fighting for. And this too shall pass.