How Often Do People Pause and Reflect?

It only takes a spark to get a fire going. And soon all those around, can warm up in its glowing. That’s how it is with God’s love, once you’ve experienced it, you spread his love to everyone. You want to pass it on.

I was trying to figure out what to write for this entry and it hit me to write about this middle-aged man who was begging on the overhead bridge near Harbourfront. What struck me was that initially I thought he fell because he looked like he was in an extremely uncomfortable position and he was struggling to reach for his crutches. It was only until I rushed forward to him that I realised he had one leg amputated and the other foot/leg was deformed. I got a shock and my thoughts kept wandering back to him. I kept thinking to myself, “Does he have a place to call home? Does he have a family? Does he have enough to eat? A bed to sleep? Shower facilities? How can he look after himself? Is there anyone taking care of him?” There were so many questions going through my head that I was on the verge of crying because I didn’t know what to do. Here I am, feeling so privileged. I have a fully functioning body and mind, enough money to survive on, good food and clean water, a comfortable bed and a place to call home. I’m so thankful for all that. But what about these people we so often walk past without taking a second glance? If you were to walk past the same man, what would you do? Would you give him your loose change? Or would you buy him a meal and drink and give him enough money to last a week? Or would you go the extra mile and bring him to the doctor and pay for the medical expenses to get his foot checked? Or would you have just sat and talked to him just to keep him company?

Even now, I’m really not sure what I would do exactly but I would most likely stop and ask him if he’s okay and if he wanted something to eat and drink. These things really tug at my heart and I feel so helpless. I really want to help these people but what should I do? Build a space for them? Rent a small unit for them to stay? I’m really not sure what’s the most feasible solution for this problem but I know for a fact that I need to help these people. Our society just cannot turn a blind eye to our fellow citizens in need.

Anyway, I’ll better go rest and hopefully, I’ll wake up in the morning with a fresh mind to think about this whole problem again.



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