With only 6 days left until Christmas 2014 commences...we decided that it was a perfect time to throw out a challenge.
This all came about after a experience that we had a few days ago...
As Britt and I were waiting for our other B in a parking lot, about 10 pm. We noticed a young guy, limping across the parking lot, a distance that we could've walked in about 1 minute flat, it took him at least 4 mins and 40 seconds, how do I know this? Sam Smith...I'm Not The Only One was playing, as we watched from our nice comfy warm vehicle, heat and speakers blasting. It was a chilly night with a blustery cold wind blowing. As I sat watching him go across the parking lot, yarding up his jeans with one hand, that looked to be a couple size's too big for him. I wondered if they were his or if he'd actually just lost that much weight, he would occasionally stop to bend over as in stomach pain.
My thought process began, 'wow that guy looks to be in bad shape, poor guy, the longer I watched him the further my thought process carried me...my next thought was "he is someone's son, I wonder if his mom knows where he is and that he's out here in this cold, looking so destitute. Where was his family, didn't they care about him, did they know?" He must be cold, he was dressed in a winter coat, gloves and carried a backpack on his back. The longer I watched my though process changed, I began to wonder what his perspective would be... here sits 4-5 vehicles blasting out hot air, the occupants nice and toasty warm, and yet no one gave a damn to the distress that he was obviously in. That's NOT okay with me...I started deducting the thoughts, I could give him a ride somewhere so he didn't have to try walking, the wind was so cold. I figured that probably wouldn't be the best idea I've ever had because I didn't know this guy at all, it may have put us in an unsafe position for him to be in our vehicle. My next thought was money, we can give him some money, he seemed to be heading to the fast food restaurant across the street. I pitched the idea to Britt, she agreed.
We drove up to him slowly, putting down the window, I had already dug out pretty much all the cash that I was carrying in my purse. We stopped beside him, suggesting that "he go get something to eat and a coffee, to get out of the wind" the face looking back at us was unshaven, probably for a few months, sunken in cheek bones and a tuft of brown hair poking out from his toque (it's a Canadian thing... ha!) Being that close to him I could see that he was perhaps in his early 20's. He took the money graciously, thanking us very intensely wishing us a Merry Christmas, and the encounter ended, him with a renewed vigour in his gait heading to get a warm drink and some food in his belly.
We didn't know his story, have never seen him before and probably won't see him again. What turned out to be the hardest for me was, what if he was rightfully having as bad of luck or as bad of a time in his life that he appeared to be? Does he wonder where our humanity has gone, that we sit and watch another human being in such disarray, completely ignoring, looking blindly past while another human being is having such a hard go at it? Is that what we've come to, we just don't give a damn?! We aren't any different than any other human being, we didn't do it to talk about it or write about it....I am writing about it right now, simply to issue a challenge...ya YOU!!!!!
If you see someone that seems to be down on their luck, having a tough go at life, is it really too much of a burden to give them some money, to grab a warm meal or even a coffee, to get out of the cold? No one should have to beg, to get a meal, nobody 'wants' to have to ask for help, that's one of the toughest things to do. Supply them with some warm clothes, boots, gloves or some food.
Be grateful for those material things that you possess, food, a vehicle, a warm house and Christmas presents under the tree..BUT most importantly be grateful to the people that you have to share it with!
The BBB Challenge to you...if you see someone in need, help them in whatever way that you can.