I felt the same way... 'uncertain', which is why I kinda' thought it stood our to me. The homeless has a unique struggle, in the sense that, not many people know how to perceive them. Did they lose their job? Was it drugs? Did alcohol bring them to this condition? How about mental problems?
Or is it a mix of all of them.
Now, comes the next question... Do you give them money, food, or help in any way? Some say, 'Yes' because it makes them feel like they're doing good. Some say, 'No' because youre doing nothing more than enabling them. And, sadly, some say, 'Maybe', it depends on what you can get them to do for the money.
Are they a plague or are they simply a darker reflection of us? I have no idea... which is why an event so small and passing was enough for me to say, 'Dang, this would make a great Slice-of-Life post'.
I know someone who is actually a success story. She pulled herself out of addiction and homelessness and is working on her Masters Degree to become a counselor to help others. She introduced me to many situations and explained how things often play out. Sadly, VERY often, mental illness is combined with addiction of some sort.
The lesson she helped me to learn was that until individuals hit their personal rock bottom and WANT to change or better their circumstances, its not going to happen. They will use and use and use people to keep living the way that they do. Its not until they have no where left to turn that things change.
Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that they wont lose their lives before this happens. And for those who have none of these issues, they will usually seek help from agencies through legitimate channels.
Its hard, but there is no way to know if "helping" is actually helping many of them. WE each have to choose for ourselves. But there is always a lingering doubt and suspicion about those we are considering helping. Its sad, but thats how it is.
The Muse leaves you in a zen cloud of well being, positive energy and creative fire. You find yourself succumbing to the overwhelming urge to write and create.......
Omen: Get in line, I have been working like crazy also. I have two major projects I have to finish and hopefully everything slows down. Haven't had time to log into the board... I actually miss it. It feels good popping my head in to see what's going on.
Aug 3, 2017 11:16:19 GMT -5
The Muse: time to get stories rolling again!!!
Aug 3, 2017 16:15:48 GMT -5
The Muse: *POKES OMEN...wanders off looking for Redmage and Magister while mumbling to self.."Now where did knighthood get to....?"
Aug 3, 2017 16:24:51 GMT -5
The Muse: Wednesday!!! Yay! Halfway back to F R Y D A Y!
Aug 9, 2017 14:29:33 GMT -5
Magister: Ive been lame, but ill be making it a point to be on this forum daily! We will rise it from the ground I've let it rest on for too long, to the skies of everlasting geekdom!
Aug 10, 2017 17:11:23 GMT -5
The Muse: woooo hooooo!!! Geekdom rising!!
Aug 11, 2017 21:08:09 GMT -5
The Muse: Woohoo hoooooo! Friday!!!
Aug 18, 2017 11:18:58 GMT -5
The Muse: Gearing up to deal with Hurricane Irma....scratch that...packing to leave town!
Sept 5, 2017 22:45:14 GMT -5
The Muse: Survived the hurricane...as did Omen, Redmage and Magister although they dont have internet yet. How did everyone else in the southeast fare?
Sept 15, 2017 16:10:18 GMT -5
g40t90yes: Good Morning. Now I am no political activist, but with is going on in today's activist world, I have a question. Last Sunday Vice President Pence walked out of a Colts Football game because the Players took a knee. I would like to read your View about this
Oct 11, 2017 7:50:37 GMT -5
g40t90yes: Continue. Now The NFL Owners (Jones-Cowboys, Ross-Dolphins) are going to demand their players stand for the Anthem. Again just thinking out loud. Couple of weeks ago Owners (Jones) knelt with players. Now you are pulling back. Why??
Oct 11, 2017 7:54:40 GMT -5
g40t90yes: One more thing. Some people view The NFL Draft and NBA Draft as a modern day or fashionable auction block for black young men. Thoughts!!! Please.
Oct 11, 2017 8:04:49 GMT -5
The Muse: Im sure there are going to be a lot of thoughts on this...why not start a thread on the topic under the "chat" board. It will be easier for everyone to read and comment on it there. This shoutbox is kinda cumbersome to have to scroll through to read stuff.
Oct 11, 2017 17:15:26 GMT -5
The Muse: Where does the time go?
Nov 7, 2017 9:26:16 GMT -5
Omen: I don't know... some say time goes around in circles - for me, its just a dreary long squiggly line, in some places in its a smile, in others... its not.
Nov 8, 2017 0:02:19 GMT -5
The Muse: Sunday's are for cooking.... Let's do this!!
Nov 26, 2017 13:45:55 GMT -5
The Muse: Monday....yay
Dec 4, 2017 11:47:42 GMT -5
The Muse: IT'S s Friday!! Staring in the face of almost two weeks of down time. This is WAY overdue. 😛
Dec 22, 2017 11:12:47 GMT -5
dakoolah: Happy New Year!!
Jan 1, 2018 17:38:08 GMT -5