Seeing the Homeless
--by greenurlifenow, posted Jan 8, 2017
Recently, it has been extra cold in Vancouver, Canada, where I live and work. So this makes things extra tough for those who are homeless.
Most of the time I arrive at work first thing in the morning, around 8 AM. Those who are homeless in the area are usually trying to sleep, shivering, so sometimes I am not sure whether it's a good idea to leave something like food or a useful toiletry bag for them while they are unaware, as it may get stolen or they make not even want it.
Today, I spotted someone, who seemed to be homeless, sitting on the sidewalk, awake. I had a little bit of time before I was due to start work, so I dashed across the street to ask if I could get anything for him to drink or eat. He didn't want a coffee or warm drink, but a soft drink, a Cola, so I went and got this for him, along with a banana.
I gave the drink and banana to him, then went back to my office across the street, and went upstairs to get a poncho pack that I recently packed with items like warm hat (known as a toque in Canada), a pair of socks, deodorant, snack, reusable rain poncho, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand warmers. I had been planning to give it to someone in need, so this was a great opportunity to do so. I hurried back outside to give the pack to the stranger, who was appreciative, which was nice.
Society may feel uncomfortable with homeless people, but we must remember that they are just like us, human beings, who are just down on their luck for different reasons. It could be your father, mother, brother, sister, friend, colleague. If we reach out to help someone in need, our hearts will grow and we can truly make our world better.
Singer Phil Collins sang a song titled Another Day in Paradise, which reminds us to be grateful for the many blessings we have and to not forget those who are less fortunate.
Here is the You Tube video of this song.