Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Much needed

Last night Destree and I went shopping at a giant, evil, faceless corporation.  No, we didn't take a quick trip to Disneyland.  We went to Walmart.

As we were leaving the parking lot, we saw a homeless man sitting next to the exit.  We didn't have a lot of food with us or any cash, but we were able to give the man (and his friend who was there for some of the time) a few apples and some graham crackers.

We also stayed and talked with them until we had to get home and put the frozen/refrigerated items we purchased away.  It felt good.  

Especially when we had more time, we used to go out and bring hot meals to people on the streets a lot more.  I miss it, and it was nice to be a blessing to others last night.  Equally enjoyable was our conversation.  Simple acts like that show more compassion than we realize.

Almost all of us have something to spare.  We can tone down on our wants to help meet the needs of others.  And if you're in a place where you're down to your own needs, take the time to strike up a conversation.  It's impactful for you and the person you're talking with.  Next time you pass someone on the streets who is looking for a handout, don't drive by and ignore them.  Don't just give them something quick and then speed on your way.  Take the time to have a conversation with them.  Ask their name.  Don't let them be just another statistic.

On a side note, Destree asked him what he needed most.  He said socks.  I've heard that before.  Keep an extra pack of socks with you to give away next time you see someone in need.  It could really brighten someone's day.

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