Saturday, January 8, 2011
Until You Walk a Mile in Their Shoes....
Here we are excited and wishing for this snow storm to come! Possible 10 inches...wow! Never once thinking about who may be effected by the storm because they don't have a home.
We walked into the store this morning to stock up on groceries and grab a couple of things that we need and the first thing I spotted was a man bundled in ragged clothing sitting in the cafe area. I knew he looked homeless and was probably sitting there trying to get out of the bone chilling wind. As we were roaming the store I kept glancing over there to see if by chance he had gotten up and left...but he hadn't. That's when I decided I couldn't just glance over and feel bad but do nothing. I grabbed a foot long sub, a loaf of bread, a bag of oranges, and some chips. I paid for this food separately and then decided to walk over there. I was a little nervous. What if he wasn't homeless and I totally offend someone who is just taking a break. I walk up to him and start to hand him the bag, saying hello and he looks confused. I asked if he'd like lunch and he begins to cry telling me he hasn't eaten in 3 days. I asked him if he had a place to go for the snow and he just shook his head. I don't normally carry cash on me but it just so happened I had a little. I don't know why he is homeless...That's not for me to judge. I dug in my purse and handed him a little bit of money and told him to go find somewhere and keep himself warm. Take care of you!! And he just cried saying, "God Bless You."
I walked away in tears wishing I could do more.
What's the point of this story?? Just when you think you have it bad. That you work for nothing and that life is a constant battle trying to work against you...Think of others. Someone out there has it much worse than you do. Walk a mile in their shoes before you judge them.