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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Helping the homeless

"Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary." Margaret Cousins

Today I didn't give away a dollar a day. I had brunch with a friend of mine and she told me how she was walking her dogs and a homeless man asked if he could pet them. She told him that the dogs won't go to strangers. She stood and talked with the man for a little while. When she was ready to go he said "thank you very much for taking the time to talk to me, I really appreciated it." Shauna said that she felt so good that just that little thing of just talking to someone made their day and cost her nothing to do.
So back to why I didn't give away a dollar. I was walking home from the mall and this man asked me for spare change. He looked like he was really having a rough time of life. I asked him what he needed and he said some food. I said "I will go get you some food." He says "REALLY you will come back?" Yup I said I will for sure." As I walked away I thought Crap where am I going to get food in downtown Calgary it is Sunday and everything is closed. I had to walk around for 20 minutes and actually go back to the mall. I picked a sandwich that I would eat. I then walked back to the man. He said "you came back in a surprised tone." "Yup I said I would." He said "thank you so many times and said that he really loved that kind of sandwich." As I walked away he said again, "I am REALLY am thankful."
I am glad I could help him out. So instead of giving a dollar I bought someone lunch. Much better I think and didn't cost me that much in the scheme of things.

As I was writing this my friend called and asked me if I wanted to go skiing next weekend , she had won lift tickets and would I like to go to Fernie BC. "You bet I would," I said. It just goes to show that if you are good to people they are good back. I really believe that what goes around comes around. But the key is just to be happy to do things not wanting anything in return.

Act of service for the day: next time you can buy a homeless person something to eat.