I was filling up at a gas station I rarely go to.
A man came up to me and said that he was trying to get his next meal
and he asked me for a bit of change.
I handed him a ten dollar bill looking into his eyes for a moment.
Perhaps it was the first time in a long time someone really acknowledged
the humanity within him that is no different than you and I.
Some say the homeless have addiction issues,
A moment later
a man in a car rolled his window down
and said, “You gave him too much ~ drugs.”
I didn't respond but for a moment I doubted what I had given him.
Isn't it interesting how other people could see things.
Perhaps that moment when I looked into his eyes
gave him a hope
to carry on.
Perhaps earlier that day he didn't know
if he was going to make it through another day.
Perhaps the money I gave him and the acknowledgement
was what truly made his day, perhaps week or year,
giving him a bit more strength to carry on.
Perhaps tomorrow he'll meet someone
who has an extra room and
may even cook him
some lovely meals
It is written in one of the most recited prayers in Judaism,
And you shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart
and with all your soul, and with all your means (resources).
~ Deuteronomy 6:5
We should help each other by sharing the resources that we have as much as possible.
If you have a spare room, you could save a homeless person.
No one really knows how far a simple act of kindness could go.
The more love you put out into the world, the more beautiful it all becomes.
The truth about giving is perhaps best summed up by this Pearl of Wisdom:
A little fragrance always clings to the hand that gives you roses
People flock to the self help books and gurus
not realizing that one of the key aspects of helping yourself
is to help others in any way you can like a smile
or a friendly nod.