Act of Kindness

When I see a homeless person on the street my heart breaks. My mind goes into an endless spiral thinking what adversities the person may have gone through to land up in an unfortunate situation like this.

While my heart wails, I am often hesitant to give them money. Long back I read about homeless people and drug abuse. That article struck me hard and have invariably imprinted itself in my front lobe permanently. Somehow my thoughts never permit me to give them cash, as my subconscious mind curls up thinking the money will be abused. And every time I walk away from such predicament feeling guilty.

I am sure not everyone on the street is a drug addict, nor everyone will misuse the money.  But for few miscreants, I have been measuring everyone with the same yardstick. I know I have to find a way to break away from the pretentious shackles.  How about next time when I meet a person on the street instead of giving money I take them to a restaurant or buy them a blanket to comfort them from the brutal winter storms. Maybe a genuine smile or an empathy can also do the miracle in the absence of kind.  This is what I am going to do next time.

Do you have any opinions? Any other thoughts? I will love to hear your views.

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47 thoughts on “Act of Kindness”

  1. You don’t just write beautifully, you even have a beautiful soul 🙂
    Ppl now.a.days lack humanity and any act of kindness means more than money, considering them human and asking them out if they are ok or need something specifically 🙂 rather than that your point of money abuse is valid as well
    Stay blessed:)

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  2. my mother always buys sandwiches for them and hands them over when they ask for change. it is pleasant to see the surprised smile on their faces and they seem to show a lot more gratitude for a sandwich than they do if they were given change. i am slowly learning from her.

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  3. Food is actually my way to go.. I share some food with them..

    Last winter, there was a street in Victoria Park where someone hang some jackets beside a fence, with a writing “Free jackets for anyone who’s feeling cold”. And anyone can “Give some warm this winter, leave a jacket”.

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      1. You’re welcome Shantanu. And you know what I really like how you expands your blog content, from Aphorism, poems, pondering thoughts, travel, health care and daily observations 😊❤

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  4. This piece of yours brought has made me nostalgic. My father always always used to bring poor and needy people back home for a meal, clothes and would offer some small work instead of giving money directly.
    I feel exactly the same when I see the homeless people on streets and the heartless condition they are living in but I do the same and buy them a meal. Giving donation to the homeless shelters also provides them some comfort but to be very honest I still cannot refrain myself from giving money to homeless person who is also physically handicapped.

    Shantanu, you are a kind soul and having compassion in today’s times and the will to do something about it, is the least we can do to help people.

    Thanks for writing this.

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  5. Shantanu, you are such a kind person. I can tell I feel the same. And I do lots of things. I pay for the education of Indian children and Latin America children through various NGOs. I give people in the streets whatever I have at that moment.

    However, we all have to be clear here. This is a STRUCTURAL problem. And here is where the rubber hits the road. No matter what people like us do, no matter how many NGOs work on that, we will not make an important change unless we operate at the structural level.
    We need to define what the structure is. Big corporations, government, new forms of neo-colonialism, etc…?

    My thoughts only…

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    1. Such a beautiful comment. You are such a kind person. At your level you are doing the best. I so agree it is a structural issue. This is one thing I want to take it up full time when I retire. Which I want to now. You take care and keep spreading love

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  6. I’m fairly sure you know already that I faced homelessness due to circumstances beyond my control. Ex-fiance’ kicked me out because he couldn’t and/or wouldn’t try to understand my mental illness. I ended up in a transitional housing program for the homeless, and it was the toughest thing I have ever endured.
    Since April 2017, I have since moved out and my roommate and I share a place. My life is so much better than what it had been, but I always think of where I came from.
    I donate, and/or drop off to the food banks and shelters. Everyone is a human being. Even if they do have problems, they all deserve help.

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  7. Jo apne likha hai esko likhne ke liye dimaag ki jarurat nahi………ye bahut hi aasaan hai likhna kyunki aap ese dil se likha hai…..magar esey har koyee aasaani se nahi kar sakta ….eske liye dil bahut badaa honaa chahiye………..aap ek bade dilwaale hain….kash sabki soch aisi hoti …….
    sach dil dukhta hai jab kisi ke aankhon men aasun dekhte hain.
    magar unka dil kyun nahi dikhta jinhen ham satta saupte hain.

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  8. Great post, Shantanu!! I have felt that same way and often wonder what is the best response! It is really hard to know. I have found that the real gift and blessing is for the giver who gives without judging or questioning. Something that is difficult to do for all of us I think! Thanks for sharing!!

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