I almost always give to homeless people, even when I was young and backpacking. I often wonder why it so offends some people that I am generous to strangers. I try to remember them as whole humans, not broken. When I give I feel deep compassion. Sometimes I am given a smile that lights up my soul. When I see a homeless woman, I will give $20. I have been given beautiful heartfelt blessings and words of appreciation. I will always ask homeless women if they are aware of various shelters and charities that they can access. Often they are waiting for government housing. Homeless women are growing in numbers and are extremely vunerable.
A friend I traveled with years ago never gave anything to anyone and thought I was a little crazy giving money away when we had so little ourselves. Somehow I always believed money would come to me. I worked backpacking, I worked from a young age, but I also innately knew I was looked after and not just by my parents, I felt a much stronger presence in my life.
I give to beggars and almost always tip even when it’s not expected. I remind my husband to tip. The pizza guy the other night was so thankful. My husband beamed as he told me how happy he made the pizza guy and I thought, look how happy you are! Where it’s not custom or appropriate to tip I give a warm smile, eye contact, and friendly conversation.
Recently I saw my own mothers tell a homeless person to “go home”. I was shocked, she is eighty and I told her to be careful saying things to people who are on the street as they often have a mental illness and might lash out at her.
I know why my mother has no sympathy for homeless people. No one had sympathy for her as an immigrant in a strange land with a sometimes physically abusive husband. She never took nor was given a handout, or helping hand. She created her own home, security, business, investments and wealth. No one gave it to her. She worked, minimum wages, often exploited as a dressmaker. She worked for most of her life, to provide for her family and acquire her security. Her stand is, in Australia, we have social security, so no one should be homeless.
So I wonder was my generosity easy when I was younger simply because I always knew, if the shit really hit the fan, my mum would be there to bail me out? I do not judge others who are not generous. I simply am grateful that I can give. I walk past the homeless man in front of the local supermarket almost on a weekly or fortnightly basis and know I will give him $5 and others will walk past and frown. I have been laughed at by children, stared at by adults and an elderly couple said out loud, “why would she do that?”
I like to keep $5 – $10 notes on me in case I see homeless people. The other night I walked past and said I’m sorry I don’t have any cash tonight and kept walking feeling rather badly for him. I checked the console of my car and I had coins. I went back and his head was hanging low as usual, I said I have some coins and gave them to him. Through his dirty unshaven face, he thanked me and smiled. I have never seen him smile before. What a gift to both of us and it cost me only $5.20.
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