Practicing Inconvenient Generosity
--by jmh4, posted Dec 7, 2014
Around this time, I met a single mother who'd lost custody of her two kids and was homeless. I decided to take her into my small house, and I did so for five months, helping her find an attorney and a counselor and some general support.
The five months she stayed with me were indeed a challenging, rewarding, very inconvenient, humbling, taxing and spiritually enlivening experience.
I can't pretend any more that "they" - the homeless, mentally challenged, downtrodden, addicted, or however "different" are fundamentally different from me as a human being. There are a lot of homeless folks in my town. There but for the grace of God go we all.
Everyone, I learned anew, faces pretty much all the same demons and has pretty much all the same graces (virtues, strengths). We just have to work very hard to ignore the demons and bring our graces of heart, mind and body to the fore, which takes guts, patience, mindfulness and courage.
I don't know what I will do next that is generously inconvenient. Perhaps something this time that's a tad more convenient. Take better care of myself, perhaps. I still have a lot to learn , like what I deserve to do besides work hard.
Thanks for giving me a place to share this.
I once brought in a girl to stay in my home when she was struggling for accommodation, though it would be very inconvenient.
She had stayed in the same house earlier but left.
She did not like me much, knowing this i went beyond to help her.
She however created problems and complaints and i had to go through harsh time.
I thought i was wrong to get her in, but reading your post, i realise it was a courageous thing i had done for good purpose. I should be proud of knowing but still getting her in and bearing the inconvenience rather than regret the hard time.
What an amazing story. Big hugs to you.