Thursday, April 12, 2012
Day 103: Had A Conversation With A Homeless Person
As I have said in a previous post, Chicago, per capita, has one of the highest homeless populations in the United States. A day doesn't go by where I am walking around the city and don't see at least 5 people asking for change, food, etc. I wish I had won the Mega Millions so that I could go around and take care of each person I met. It saddens me to see how many people walk by and disregard the homeless both here and in other cities. Every single day they are treated like they aren't even human, when in reality they are the same as everyone else. Unfortunately, due to a loss of work, mental sickness, dependence issues or many other reasons, they haven't been able to "make it." One of the homeless men I gave a care package to said even a small "hello" from a stranger sometimes helps him get through the day. Since then, I always make it a point to smile, head nod or in some way acknowledge each homeless person I see. I really feel as though I could be doing more though and that brings me to today's random act. Today, as I walk around my territory for work, I am going to make it a point to have a conversation with a homeless person. Whether it is general chit chat or the story of how they got in this position, I want them to know that there are people out there who don't look down upon them. All I ask of the people who read this blog is to just be more cognizant of the impact that both positive and negative gestures can have on others, and to know that even just a smile and "hello" can go a very long way.