Well, I’ve got a feeling that I’m done with this blog. Sure, I’ve said it before. This time it seems more real. In times past I had momentarily given up on the blog out of frustration, or indifference, or depression. But now as I look over the life of this blog, it feels complete. I’ve said most everything I’ve wanted to say about homelessness. After nearly 8 years of blogging about the subject I’ve been given ample time to say what I felt needed to be said. In these 8 years I’ve learned a lot too, about homelessness, about myself, about life and people in general. It seems like it’s time to move on, to work on other things, pursue other interests.
Pertaining to homelessness, I hope that people remember a couple things.
- When dealing with homeless people always lead with your heart, but don’t leave your good sense behind. Only do those things which you know for certain will work towards moving homeless people out of homelessness. Often, people will do things for homeless people in hopes of doing some good, but their efforts end up doing more harm than good. If you don’t know for certain that your efforts will move homeless people towards something positive, it’s better to do nothing at all.
- Regardless of what a homeless person might say, no one ever wants to be homeless. Given the hand that life has dealt them, homeless people may believe that being homeless is the best situation to be in. The truth, though, is that these people need to be dealt new cards, and given another chance of having a worthwhile life.
- There is a lot of misinformation circulating regarding homelessness. Some of it comes from people who hate, or are afraid of, homeless people. Yet some of it comes from the homeless and homeless advocates themselves. Truth is difficult to discern, even in the best of circumstances. In the realm of homelessness, (such as in war), “truth” is the first casualty. Still, I believe whole heartedly in the idea that “the truth will set you free.” Help homeless people discover the truth about themselves and you’ll free them from the condition that prevents them from getting the help they need.
- The best thing you can give a homeless person is yourself, your time, your friendship, your genuine concern. Homeless people feel alone and ostracized from society. Knowing that they are still accepted by society, that they are welcome to rejoin the community, is vital.
Thank you for all the support you all have given me over the run of this blog. It has made a world of difference in my life.