It’s Better to Give Than to Receive – by Kristi Jo Jedlicki
There’s a common misconception that people who are homeless are lazy and looking for a handout, but in the day shelter for homeless men where I work, I can say that quite the opposite is true. I constantly am humbled and inspired by their generosity, as they embrace the concept that it is better to give than to receive in their own unique ways. Recently, I was the recipient of one such act of kindness.
Shortly after I assisted one of our guests with placing a long distance phone call, he appeared at the door to my office bearing a small square box.
As he held it out for me to take, he said, “Here, I want to give you this to thank you for your help.”
I explained that he did not need to do anything to thank me, but he pressed the box into my hand and insisted, “You all help me and the other guys every day, and this is one thing I can do to thank you.”
He had a pleading look in his eyes that implored me to take the box, and so, I gently accepted it. When I lifted off the small lid, it revealed costume jewelry- a necklace and matching earrings. I don’t have any idea where he got them, but I do know that they were as priceless to him as they now are to me.
When I thanked him for his kindness, he grinned broadly and responded, “Thank you for letting me give them to you. It has been a while since I have had anyone to give something to.”
You are welcome . . .
Author – Kristi Jo Jedlicki resides in Kentucky, where basketball, horses, and bourbon reign supreme, and not necessarily in that order.
She says she is “a perfectly flawed southern girl who dreams big and has stories to tell. I am simply myself, and I am many things to many people, including, but not limited to:
•a better ex-wife than wife
•a mom to two extraordinary daughters
•a southerner raised by Yankee parents
•the youngest of three daughters, who puts the fun in dysfunctional
•a loyal friend to a diverse cast of characters
•a social worker
•a writer and blogger
•an avid lover of music of all sorts
•a big dreamer, despite living through some nightmares
•a pessimistic optimist or an optimistic pessimist
Kristi is also the writer and keeper of the That’s Another Story blog, which she hope entertains, educates, and/or encourages at least one person along the way, as she strives to change herself and the world one day at a time.