I see you

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A panhandler once told me that it didn’t really bother him when people said no to his requests for money.

He said the most difficult thing about being on the streets was that people rarely made eye contact with him. It had a way of making him feel lonely. Like he didn’t exist.

Since hearing him say that, I often try to make eye contact with people panhandling or sitting on the street.

I have made the personal choice not to give money in those situations but I find saying no still makes me feel uncomfortable. To be honest, sometimes I am tempted to focus on something else so that I won’t have to look or see or answer.

But I remember what that man told me.

Though I may not give money, I can give the gift of acknowledgement.
Just a simple smile or nod of the head says, ‘I see you’.

 

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”
Mother Teresa

 



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