With so little we can make a difference!

This week I’m obsessed with rats and mice.   NO kidding???  Anyone with a home invasion like the one I suffered would also be blogging about these little fellows non stop.  Right now I’m just being a drama queen because I’ve thought about how people around our country and the world put up with this all the time.

They deal with living with these atrocious little things .  While I cleaned my home thoroughly and sanitized it in the process, thoughts of people living in poverty just struck me!

via morgueFile

I’m an ordinary low middle class person, my husband has a decent job (doesn’t make tons of money), but puts bread on our table, has medical insurance coverage, we own our home (debt-free) and live on a nice three acre property.

I got very annoyed because of my little visitor!

By all means I tried to get rid of it.  However how can people cohabit with them?  How can many homeless people can almost eat and live with them, side by side?  Everyone knows that mice and rats love dumpsters, and there is where you can precisely find many homeless on any given night of the week.

Probably they don’t even stop to consider them at all.  They are part of each others lives.

Just by thinking about all the possible situations only made me feel grateful and humble of all that I have.

What probably broke my heart the most was thinking of all the children that grow up without knowing any better in so many countries around the world.

I’ve gone to great lengths to check on all my windows with their screens and my doors.  What about families that don’t have the basic protection to houses that are missing windows or even doors.  Where poverty just covers everything around it?

Do you think this doesn’t happen in America?  You may be surprised on what you can found out.  Poverty in the United States in 2012 according to Wikepedia was ranking in a 16%, including 20% of children.

I heard someone say that, “..with so little we can make a difference.”  If this premise is true then we surely can do something to try to help so many that don’t have the basis necessities that our mainstream society has.

It’s up to us to figure out my dear friend  how we can help others overcome their situations.

That’s what compassion and social justice is all about.  The time has come where all of us need to extend our hands and help without trying to blame our government for everything that is wrong around us.

So, next time something bothers the hell out of us just take a moment to think about all our blessings and you’ll be surprised how happy you may feel for everyone and everything in our lives.








Another Day in Paradise

Another Day in Paradise
photo credit: Stephanie Quintana – Spain 2012

The day we can walk the streets without finding someone who doesn’t have a home to go to will be a blessing. Have you ever thought about how people who not only walk the streets but live on them have seemed to lose their identity?

After a while they become part of a whole, a blur, no longer can we see their faces,but only the fact that they are homeless.  They become “those people”, it’s like they are lepers.  I can only imagine how people passed by them are not even looked.  I would say that’s how it’s today as well, be can’t even bare to look at their faces, we don’t want to deal with it.

Have any of you listened to Phil Collin’s “Another Day in Paradise”? The lyrics of this song deal with the issues homeless people face each day.

She calls out to the man on the street
“Sir, can you help me?
It’s cold and I’ve nowhere to sleep,
Is there somewhere you can tell me?”

He walks on, doesn’t look back
He pretends he can’t hear her
Starts to whistle as he crosses the street
Seems embarrassed to be there

She calls out to the man on the street
He can see she’s been crying
She’s got blisters on the soles of her feet
She can’t walk but she’s trying

fragments of the lyrics….

Next time you stroll down or up the sidewalk, think about the homeless, so you appreciate who you are and what you have in life.

Sometimes we take  to much for granted!


Coming Home

“Our world is a mess and I can’t do anything about it!” Gee, what an easy and lazy statement and to think it came straight out of my thoughts.

We’re so caught up trying to avoid situations that can disturb our way of life that we’ve become isolated to what’s going on around us.  The trend is to be as individualistic as you can, everything is about me and only me.

I’ve heard many times people I know say, “If it doesn’t affect me or my family,  I can’t deal with that right now.” This is like going to the dentist, if you fix a cavity you’ll improve your oral health and ultimately save not only the tooth that had the cavity, but also everything that surrounded it.  If we use this same approach, resolving these issues will lead to building a better community, country and ultimately a better world.

After reading  K. Mark Koenig ‘s blog about the problems Palestine refugees confront everyday.  It shocked me to know how they faced being basically homeless, and struggle with their new life circumstances.  To make things worse, not only they live surrounded by these awful  circumstances, but as icing to the cake they also face situations where their life is often threatened.  No figure they are playing a key part as insurgents in Syria.

As their days fade into the night, they can’t just go home as we do everyday.  They can’t leave towards their safe haven because they don’t have one, they were forced out of it by circumstances out of their control.

“I see them as they go home at the end of the day…I want to go home to.” Ronald Davis

Another story I could have spared myself from listening, was Ronald Davis’ story.  As I heard him speak, I began feeling smaller and smaller, until nothing was left.  Saying that we’re full of sh&%$t is an understatement!

Just having food, shelter and some level of peace is being filthy rich for some that don’t have a dime to their name.   Nothing I can write can come close to the shattered speech of being homeless  Davis himself gave to the person who interviewed him.   This was over a year ago,  and it wasn’t until this video became viral,  that attention wasn’t  drawn to him.

He’s only one of the thousands who face living in the streets in the United States every day.  He’s a face that had the blessing of coming into the public eye due to social networks, and I’m more than sure he’s very happy about it.  Help came on its way for him and that’s great, but what about the others?

Just knowing sometimes is unbearable!  Again I could go back to my opening statement and simply walk away.  Or on the other hand,  I could try to complete one-act of random kindness to the next homeless that crosses his or her life with mine, reaching out and trying to help.  It’s painful just to acknowledge how wrong some things are.  Yet we need to face the ugliness, heartbreak, loneliness and sorrow that some live through very close to what we call home.

That same ugliness is also found many miles away.  It’s easy for us to buy something from China or any given country on E-bay, but are shy just giving a few bucks to a great cause abroad. Which is as simple as a click on PayPal.  Becoming proactive in our world is just another form of globalization, the only thing we need to do is embrace and act on it.

Wanting to reach out comes with a price!  It’s like willingly putting yourself out there, in the unknown (a place that can bring us pain and frustration),or becoming vulnerable, yet I think I can  pay the price. Can you?