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Alone in New York: After being dumped by his girlfriend, Jeff Ragsdale was lonely in a big city, so he decided to take drastic action

He posted fliers all over town which said: 'If anyone wants to talk about anything, call me (347) 469-3173. Jeff, one lonely guy'

Breaking up with his girlfriend forced one lonely guy to take drastic action - and he ended up reaching out to thousands of people all over the world.

When a devastated Jeff Ragsdale, a stand-up comedian and actor from New York, was left 'near suicidal' after breaking up with his girlfriend, he realized he felt like the loneliest man in the world in a city of more than eight million.

So Jeff decided to do something drastic - he put fliers up all over the city saying: 'If anyone wants to talk about anything, call me (347) 469-3173. Jeff, one lonely guy.'

The response he got was overwhelming.

'Immediately, New Yorkers started calling in overwhelming numbers and after a week it went viral and people from all over the world were calling,' Jeff said.

In the first day he got 100 calls and texts. One week later it was up to one thousand. It is now more than 70,000 and the calls and texts are still coming thick and fast even after eight months.

People have been calling from all over the world, as far away as Vietnam, England, Saudi Arabia and Japan.

Around 40 per cent were people calling from New York ranging from pimps to prisoners to a Wall Street trader.

Jeff, 40, said he is still in touch almost daily with about 20 people he clicked with.

Many people called him just to say he wasn't alone, others gave him advice, others vented at him, other counseled, he counseled others.

So touched was he by the experience he decided to write a book about it.He revealed his favorite calls are when 'a person is completely candid and we help each other out by venting and listening'.

'One of my favorites was a call by this disabled mother in the U.S.

In 45 minutes she passed on a lifetime of wisdom. She taught me that I’m never going to be happy until I love myself. I have not liked myself in the past. For me this was revolutionary, trying to start to like myself. Happiness, she said, must to come from inside.'

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一位孤独男孩失恋之后作出惊人之举,结果是他结识了全世界几千位陌生人。  纽约的喜剧演员Jeff Ragsdale失恋之余几欲自杀。泱泱纽约,八百万人众,却无一人孤寂能与其比肩。  因此Jeff决定做件惊人大事:他在纽约的大街小巷张贴传单,表示:“无论你有任何事想要倾诉,请联系(347)469-3173. 我是Jeff,一个孤独的男人。”   


Jeff坦言。  第一天他就收到了100个电话和数不清的短信。一周后这个数字就蹿升到了1000。至今为止他已经收到了超过70000个电话,而短信数目还在不断攀升,即便已经是8个月后的今天,这样的情况还在继续。来自越南、英国、沙特阿拉伯和日本的世界各地的人都给他打来了电话。  


现年40岁的的Jeff目前每天仍保持与“随机点中”的20位进行联系。  许多人打电话告诉他,他并非孤身一人。有些人给他建议,有些人则向他发泄心中所想,有人给他出谋划策,而他也给对方出谋划策。   


“有一个电话我记忆犹新,那是来自美国的残疾母亲。”他这么说。 “短短的45分钟,她畅谈了人生感悟,带给我的是生命的智慧。她教会了我只有爱自己才能感到幸福。”     


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