Tuesday, April 10, 2012
I is for "I."
I is for “I”
We all worry about what we want forgetting what others might need. I work in a homeless shelter and am humbled on a daily basis. I work with people that have no one but us. I know it’s hard for families sometimes and that’s why they let them go. I really do get it. However, there is great sadness in the face of each of these men alongside the smiles they wear. It is a lot for them to handle.
To not have family or friends is a world that is lonely. I can’t imagine such a world. I refer to each man as “sir.” I do this to remind them that they do exist. Each has a different journey that brings them to the shelter, and each remains a man. We have to remember that these men didn’t set out to be homeless and live among five hundred others in a shelter. Like us, they had dreams and plans.
When we remain focused on “I,” we miss the lessons we receive when we interact and help others…