Homeless

It’s cold outside, it’s raining. There you are sitting, Under an umbrella. You Watch people come and go, Following them with your gaze. I Wonder what you are thinking Inside of your heart. Are you sad ? Are you mad ? Are you unhappy ? I can’t really tell. I see you there Everyday, you Don’t seem to get tired. You just sit there all day, I see you when I leave in the Morning, and again when I come back in the evening. How do you do it ?

I often Wonder if my little coin really helps you, or is it me that it’s helping ? Helping me to feel less guilty and feel like I did a good deed. Do I really help when I give ? Or am I making you stay and come again the next day ? Because there will Always be someone who needs to calm their inner anxiety and guilt by seeing you sitting there ? What would be the best way to really help you homeless woman, homeless man, homeless child ? Those are the questions I ask myself when I see all these people sitting in the street begging for a little coin.

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How do you feel when you see homeless people ? Let me know in the comments below.

Let’s take care of ourselves.

See you around !

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  1. Sadje dit :

    Seeing the homeless and destitute peoples round us is really disturbing on a lot of levels. They definitely deserve better and we should be treating them in a humane way. The shelter, specially in winters is the most important requirement. Some states are providing temporary or permanent small houses/ shelters for them. The unique initiative was of a university on the west coast which provided showers and restrooms for the homeless. Unfortunately there are a number of young people who are in this category too.

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    1. Monaminga dit :

      It’s really disturbing indeed. I’m not always sure how to react, but every time I’m forced to question myself and feel sad.

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      1. Sadje dit :

        That’s true. 😞

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    2. Monaminga dit :

      Thanks for your insight 🙂

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  2. It doesn’t bother me in the slightest.

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    1. Monaminga dit :

      Could you develop your opinion? Why doesn’t it bother you ? I don’t mean that question in a blaming sens, it’s a real question.

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      1. For sure, no offense taken. Seeing homeless people doesn’t bother in the slightest. Because, I’ve seen plenty of real suffering in my lifetime. We all have choices to make, some work and others don’t, its life. Just because someone is homeless, they are still living, they still have promise.
        I think thats why people are homeless though. Because it’s easier than responsibility, it’s easier than life. Sure it probably sucks, but at the same time its gotta be pretty nice to not have a schedule, not to have obligations.
        You gotta move past the optics if your gonna make smart decisions.
        I can understand that people feel compassion for the homeless, I’m just not one of this people.

        J'aime

      2. Monaminga dit :

        I understand your point of view, I think many people (including myself) may think like that but not admit it and say it openly. Being into social work, the complexity of every situation is so deep that unfortunately all the homeless people cannot be put in the same bag. I don’t know if they all have the choice, some come a very long way and have been in difficult situations ever since they were born. There’s a big history of homeless adults who where former foster children (I don’t know the exact word for that), people who go from one rupture (family), after another (social institution). The encounters, and influences, many of them also have mental illnesses, and addiction issues, cause or consequences of the mental illness. The list is not exhaustive but maybe you see how it can be difficult to generalize. The question of individual responsibility is questionable regarding such situations eventhough one can always say that all foster kids don’t end up in the street. Living on the edge of society probably has some benefits as well, I don’t know. I gather the complexity of the situations that is why I’m so puzzled because here in France we also hear about some trafficker coming from eastern Europe who exploit people by making them beg and then keep the money… I find it difficult to choose who is worthy of compassion and who isn’t.

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      3. I hear ya Monaminga. I could be totally wrong, then again how many of us are one or two moves away from being homeless ourselves?

        I’m not knocking you for doing what you feel is right.

        To each their own.

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      4. Monaminga dit :

        It can happen quite fast indeed, but to remain in the situation is when it becomes an enigma.

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      5. Monaminga dit :

        🙂 thanks for taking part in the discussion, it’s always very much appreciated bottomlesscoffee 😉

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  3. I was thinking about this question after reading a book that is talking about the subject.
    It can be a matter of choice in some cases. But we see choice from our perspective. How is it when you are sleeping in the street, don’t have enough to feed your family, when doors are closing, when people are looking at you with pity. I believe we can all be there one day, we never know.
    I don’t always know how to act or react in front of homeless people. Sometime I give something, a coin, food. Sometime just a smile. The only thing that is important to me is the contact, whatever we give or not, to treat them as human, and not walk away like we did not see them, like they don’t exist. Respect is key for me.

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    1. Monaminga dit :

      I agree with you Marie, most of the time I say hi and smile, at least I show some consideration. Some people do choose to live in the street because they don’t want to depend on the social system, they position themselves as marginal, but I think they are not the majority. Many people also remain in the street because it takes a long time for them to get used to being inside of four walls after living in the open. The longer a person lives in the street, the harder it is for them to go back to living inside of a home.

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