Many times persons pass vagrants on the streets and instantly get annoyed, as they see them as nuisances—something they need to get away from as quickly as possible.
Of course, I’m not going to sit there and act like I haven’t done the same. I have done so many times in the past, however, now, I try my best to treat these individuals with compassion.
They are human too. They feel things deeply just like any other individual and the dirt and ‘ugliness’ does not take away from that fact.
A few months ago, I stumbled on a video highlighting homeless persons on Facebook. In the video, the individuals shared what life on the street was like and tears came to my eyes when I heard their stories. I realized how blessed I was in that moment and how easy it is to get comfortable and take our blessings for granted.
According to two of the individuals, being ignored for years was far worse than being homeless. Persons passed them straight on a daily basis, never even giving them a second glance.
They reminded others through tears that they are human beings too and that they should be treated with respect.
A homeless woman in her early 20’s stressed that it is easy to wind up on the streets and that persons should think twice before looking down on others.
I remember having a conversation with my mother not too long ago—she too had stumbled on a documentary about homeless persons. In an interview, a homeless man shared that individuals constantly handed him money but never bothered to start a conversation; no one cared enough to ask him his name.
It’s sadhow some persons view homeless people, beggars or vagrants, but the reality is that this could be anyone of us.
Although it may seem like we’re on top of things, the truth is we never get to see what’s behind the curtain; we never know where our fate lies.
Be kind to others and remember that vagrants have feelings too.
Have a good weekend my loves.