Today when I was walking down Ben Yehuda St. I saw something that made me uncomfortable, yet smile a bit inside.
Seeing homeless people asking for money is nothing new; its a sad situation to say the least, which encompasses the city. Today, though, I saw something that I haven’t seen before. There sitting right next to the most popular ATM on the street was a young homeless woman, probably in her 20’s/30’s asking for money. As they say in business, location is everything, and this woman definitely picked up on that tid-bit. There are frequently homeless men sitting outside grocery stores or liquer stores, but never have I seen anyone sitting right beside the ATM.
My initial response was that of personal discomfort. I immediately thought, “I’m so glad I don’t have to take any money out today.” This led me to feelings of guilt and remorse for even thinking about myself, when clearly here was a woman with much bigger problems than I have. My guilt then changed over to feeling sorry for her and her current situation. I often wonder what choices led to becoming homeless, no matter who I pass on the street.
As I looked back at her I noticed that she was talking to a man who had the courage to make a withdraw from the ATM, and I suddenly smiled. It wasn’t a smile out of happiness or joy, but it wasn’t an evil smile either. It was just a smile…knowing that even in the state of life this girl was in, she still had the brains to choose a place where there was definitely a lot what she needed….MONEY!
I don’t know if she was successful or not, but I do know one thing. There is no way I could ever take out money with a homeless woman sitting right next to me with NOTHING, and walk away without giving her at least SOMETHING.
…Maybe this was what HE thought every time HE walked by someone who was crippled, blind, deaf, or sick. And HE actually did something about it…
when will we learn from HIS example??? (especially me)