For as long as I can remember I’ve understood that we don’t give money to homeless people because they’re just going to use it to buy drugs. So when I would be approached on the street, I would turn away and keep walking.
I’ve only just realized this is bullshit. So much of this perspective is bullshit actually, but I’m just going to focus on one piece.
So what if they use the money to buy drugs?!! I don’t follow-up with my friend to make sure she’s using that ugly purse I gave her for her birthday 4 years ago.
It doesn’t matter what they do with it, my job in this is just to give what I can.
Open-hearted. Free of restrictions. No expectations. No rules.
“Would you like to add a donation to the children’s fund?”
Yes, $5 please.
“Excuse me, we’re trying to find this train, can you help?”
Absolutely! I’ve got 10 mins, let me take you there.
“We’re selling umbrellas for a fundraiser….”
I don’t need an umbrella, but here’s some money.
...........Until…….my pockets are empty and the “yes” hesitates to leave my mouth.
Some days I have nothing left to give, and that’s okay.
“We need parent volunteers for the school fundraiser…”
I’m sorry, I can’t. I’m stretched thin right now and that’s too much.
Give what you can until you can’t. Then don’t.