Today, I met Carol from Ohio.
Homeless for three years but still with some hope that things will get better.
I see Carol almost every day in the same spot, holding her sign and asking for money. For 18 months, I’ve silently passed Carol on my way to the office. Today was different.
Today, I felt the urgency to stop and talk to someone in need and help as I could. I learned to put a name to the face I have seen almost daily. I learned where she was from. She has no children. “Thank goodness”, she say’s, “or this would be even more complicated.” She has no education beyond high school.
I could feel Carol’s goodness. I could feel that she wants to have hope for a better day.
Why is Carol in the situation she’s in? Why are all the homeless without a place to lay their head in safety and warmth? What happened in their life that led them to make the decisions they have?
Each of us, though not homeless, have something in our lives that we don’t like and aren’t in control of. Maybe it’s a job we don’t like. Maybe we live paycheck to paycheck. Maybe we’re overweight. You know what it is for you.
Take a moment to look at your life. Do you have goals written down? Did you do something today to achieve those goals? If not, tomorrow is a new day to recommit and do something to improve your life’s situation. Believe in yourself. Believe that you deserve more. Then do something about it.