Self Improvement

21 Jul

On my way to work today, I saw a man pushing a shopping cart full of random items down the street. He wasn’t clean, he was extremely thin and his clothes were torn. The expression on his face was not angry, rather, resigned. Resigned to his way of life – toting his possessions along with him wherever he goes.

During the rest of my drive to work, I wondered about this man. I wondered if he had ever been married, had children, etc. I wondered if at one time he had a great job that he enjoyed going to every day. I wondered when he ate last. I wondered what happened to him in his life that left him the way that he is. Without a job, without a home, without the basic necessities of life…and being “wondered about” by a twenty-something-year-old in her luxury car on the way to her office.

So much of where we go in this life is based on luck and opportunity. I have been given far more opportunities than most people, and while I am grateful, sometimes it takes seeing someone with nothing to remind me just how lucky I am. It shouldn’t take me seeing a homeless person to realize my blessings. I should recognize them every day. I will recognize them every day. So should you.

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One Response to “Self Improvement”

  1. Anonymous July 22, 2009 at 5:28 pm #

    Downtown Augusta. Full of reminders. Well said.

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