Today I made a new friend, his name is John, and to the average person he is just another tramp who’s made the wrong choices in life.
Someone who only has themselves to blame, someone who doesn’t have emotions and someone who more than likely spends the money they’ve begged and scrounged for on drink or drugs. The person who you turn away from and pretend you never saw.
Today I learned there is a bit more about this man; he was once a regular guy like you or I. He had a house, a partner and a young girl. Unfortunately for John and his family however, his daughter had Cystic Fibrosis and she sadly passed away.
The passing of his daughter understandably had a huge impact on their lives and as a result John found it very difficult to come to terms with this and the relationship broke down.
Eventually John lost his business and ended up on the streets. I spoke and enjoyed a nice hot cuppa with John, he was telling me that he when he gets back on his feet, he wants to do a psychology course and be able to help others in the future. Especially children who are vulnerable or homeless.
Throughout our chat, it was remarkable to see how someone who has gone through what he has could also be so positive. The point of this post isn’t to be self-righteous, it’s to make people think.
Think of others, who are YOU to judge anybody?
The next time you see somebody homeless, do not turn away from them. Take the time to speak to them. Buy them some lunch. Take the time out to acknowledge them. You never know, it may well be you in the future. Not every person on the streets is so because they liked drink or drugs too much and not everyone on the streets wishes to remain there.
Love each other!
I want as many people as possible to share this post, again, not to be seen as some sort of saviour to the homeless but to hopefully make people think differently. In all aspects of life.
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Source: Luke Prendergast