I have consciously slowed down in August, yet it seems like life is faster than ever. The month has flown by, my “to do list” is even longer and now I find myself at the end of the month. I am in a bit of a panic over returning to my day job. How will I fit working in too??
THEN I am scurrying home from the studio, with my “to do list” blaring in my brain and I pass a homeless person with a pleading sign by the side of the road. My brain stops- nothing else matters, my heart hurts for this person. Weather worn, spirit hurt and trying to remain hopeful, I want to confirm to her that there are good people in the world who won’t judge, just try to help a little. I reach down to the inside pocket of my car and find there is nothing there. Now I am in a panic- the light is changing, I have nothing to share except about $.07 in my wallet.
I NEED TO CHANGE THIS
For the last 3-4 years, I have carried around “blessing bags”. Usually a quart sized bag filled with small necessities, something to eat and drink, first aid things, sanitizing wipes, band aids etc. I carry them around and then when I run across someone who might benefit I offer it to them. I do not in any way want to insult anyone or assume anything. I just know that this is something I can do. I can validate them as human beings and the fact that they might just need a little bit of love. I don’t assume, I don’t judge, I just offer a small bit of comfort.
For me it is better than looking away when I see someone on the side of the road with a sign. Yes- it is uncomfortable- but how much more uncomfortable is it for that person?
I get to go home to my warm home and happy life. I get to eat what I want – I get a clean bed to rest in, water that is pure to drink and bathe in and frankly. I AM RICH- but one never knows what life will bring you. Tomorrow that could all change.
I have no interest in judging anyone, my every day mission is to be helpful to others. This could be a pep talk, a hug or yes, a blessing bag.
SO- I invite you to join me to create blessing bags on Thursday, September 24th. please bring something to put into them- we will create as many as possible. When you RSVP PLEASE let me know what you will be bringing. Here is a list of suggestions-
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Tylenol (individual packet of 2)
- Antibacterial wipes individually packaged
- Juice box (water bottles should not be kept in hot car)
- Granola Bar
- packaged crackers
- Safety pins
- small sewing kit
- Bar soap and shampoo (the ones from hotels are GREAT!)
- small lotion
- mint lifesavers
- individually packaged dried fruit
- any small packaged food that is calorie rich and non perishable
I promise you this- the opportunity to love a stranger, even in this small way is a much greater blessing to me. It’s not much compared to the challenges that the homeless face. But if this can offer any comfort at all – then it is a good and wonderful thing.
That which you do for the least of my brothers……
In peace and love,