I decided that today instead of ranting about things happening on the other side the world and not really suggesting anything I can do to make it better I talked about a different subject that everyone regardless of location can help out with.
Imagine what it must feel like not to have a home to go to at night, to not have a bed to call your own, and not to have someplace safe to store your belongings. Imagine what it would be like spending long nights out on the street, in the rain and cold. Imagine not having enough money to buy something to eat in order to get rid of that pain in your belly and not being able to secure a job.
The majority of people in the world seem to have the tendency to believe homelessness only happens to people who are asking for it because they don't want to work, to drug addicts, to the disabled. I can assure you homelessness can happen to anyone, even the people who have college degrees and families.
The last time a homeless person came up to you and asked you for money did you look away? Regardless of whether or not you have something to give them the homeless are people just like you and I and deserved to be acknowledged.
According to published reports there are nearly 3000 homeless people inhabiting the Phoenix metropolitan area at any given time. These numbers go up and down and very from report to report because let's face it they're homeless so it's pretty hard to keep track of who is actually out on the streets. The one thing that everyone should know for certain is homelessness is not a disease it is an unfortunate circumstance caused by the harshness of everyday life.
The only thing that separates you from those who are forced to live on the streets is social upbringing, luck and the grace of God. So I implore you if you're reading this the very next time someone approaches you asking you for some coins to purchase some food take a moment to look at that person and place yourself in their shoes. Whether or not you choose to give them money is up to you but I do ask you to acknowledge them as a fellow human being and not an animal or piece of trash.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and hopefully you're able to take some of the things I talk about here and apply them to your life or at the very least realize just how blessed most of us truly are.