In every country there are homeless people. Some of these people became victims of destitution from wars, disasters, bankruptcy and quite a number of circumstances. Others evolved from drug abuse, mental breakdown and then there are those who were thrown out of their homes after they signed over their possessions and life earnings to their children and relatives.
People react towards the homeless in various ways. They are considered a nuisance to society by many who are disgusted with the sight of these dirty, smelly, unstable street dwellers. They turn up their noses and walk on the other side of the street to avoid them. Then there are individuals who spear them some money, purchase a meal or provide clothing to them. These homeless people literally live the lives of stray dogs on the streets. They were once regular people with dreams and aspirations. No human being deserves to live like that!
As we walk by along the streets and see these starving, deprived people who have lost their sanity and their dignity, have you ever thought about what they think about? How they feel? Is there a loved one they are longing to see, to embrace, to say to them, or hear them say, “I’m sorry, I forgive you, I miss you and I love you.” Is there a special meal that they once loved and would give anything to have it just one more time? Does a particular song or scent bring back fond memories better times and people they still love? Was there something special they did on their birthdays or at Christmas time?
Not because they have lost their minds and families mean that they have lost all feelings. We may have lost sight of the fact that they are still people with feelings and have needs just like us. We eat three meals a day and sometimes throw away unwanted food. How often do they eat? We enjoy cuddling up in a warm bed on a cold night. What do these people do when it’s cold and wet? Where do they go?
We complain about having a bad day, life being unfair and everything else that does not go our way. We have been fortunate to be given many chances in life. If one door closes, look for another that is open. Do not sit around and wait for it to come to you because that may never happen. If something is not working, look for another avenue to resolve the situation or problem. Do not try the same approach over and over and expect different results. It takes courage, hard work and determination to achieve any goal in life.
Regardless of how difficult our lives are, we should be grateful and learn to appreciate the small things in life that so many people lack. I will also like to commend the numerous groups, organizations and religious bodies that work so diligently to assist these people with improving their lives.