Here In Paradise…

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On Friday, March 10th, 2017, it was precisely 7.25 in the morning as I walked up the steps of Westminster Station en-route my office. I walked briskly, mentally calculating ‘my-to-do-list’ for the day and then like an image out of a disaster movie, I saw two people, a man and a woman. The man was hovering over the woman, his lips quivering, his gait was like a man under the influence of alcohol, he tried to move away from the woman and almost fell. My gaze turned to the woman, her pale face had obviously borne the brunt of living on the street. Her face was lined with weariness, her eyes devoid of happiness.

I stopped in my tracks.

I didn’t know if I should offer money, or simply give a hug. People pushed past me, a man swore under his breath, but it was loud enough for me to hear the words. I fidget with my bag and moved out of the way, my heart broke into a thousand pieces as I watched them.

The man and the woman were oblivious of my presence, and sadly, I turned away.

Here in paradise, (at least that could be the thoughts of millions of people in other parts of the world) we shouldn’t have homeless people. Throughout the day, I couldn’t concentrate on anything. There was something about that couple, they may as well be working in one of the imposing offices in Whitehall, or maybe, as tourists keen to see where most decisions in the UK were made.

Centerpoint is a charity here in the UK helping homeless young people but what about middle age people, old men and women? I have a passion for the homeless, although I’ve read that some do make themselves ‘intentionally homeless,’ but still, I couldn’t expunge their image out of my mind.

I did some further research and realised that there are many homeless charities all around us. Below are some of the charities in London:

There’s also West London YMCA, they  provide the same services as most of the organisations I’ve listed above. I think if we live in paradise, we should be able to do more for people less fortunate than we are (I know, we’re not all millionaires but we could always volunteer at a homeless shelter). I will volunteer at some of these wonderful charities doing such wonderful jobs, changing people’s lives.

If you’re living in other parts of the world, it wouldn’t hurt to give money to a beggar you see on the street or a homeless person. Some of you reading this may think, ‘well, she’s so naïve, most of these folks are drug addicts and rapists… maybe murderers.’

Maybe, some of them are, but some aren’t. Life’s just dealt them a hard hand.

Maybe Phil Collin’s song, ‘Another Day In Paradise’ would be a great way to finish this article.

I hope you’ll all enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Much love to you friends, always!

🙂 🙂

 

 

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18 comments on “Here In Paradise…

  1. Kyle Bell says:

    I’ve been homeless in the past, and know that everyone deserves to be uplifted and helped. There are definitely certain individuals who will take advantage, because they’re fine with being homeless, but as long as they’re given other opportunities, the chance to change is possible.

  2. What is it they say? We’re all one step away from being homeless. There are no certainties in life. Well, excpet for dying. We all knwo that it’s inevitable that we’re all going to die. But, being homeless … well – it can happen to anyone. there are people out there living form paycheck to paycheck. And .. not by choice. Salaries are low and jobs in the skill you’ve trained for aren’t there.
    Compassion for all those in need of help should be upper most. If the person brought it upon themselves to be living on the streets; it’s not for us to judge. Compassion for a human being is what we should be feeling and thinking. A thought provoking post, Seyi.
    Isadora 😎

    • Seyi sandra says:

      ‘Compassion for all those in need of help should be upper most. If the person brought it upon themselves to be living on the streets; it’s not for us to judge. Compassion for a human being is what we should be feeling and thinking.’ Thank you my friend for your insightful comment, I couldn’t have written it better. And you’re right, we live from pay check to pay check, it’s a complex and uncertain world… well, except death, that’s the only certainty we have in this frail form of ours.
      I appreciate your visit my friend, I hope you’ll enjoy a great week ahead.
      Blessings.

  3. It really does make me wonder why in this day and age especially in this so called Great Britain people find themselves on the streets with no way out. I grew up in a third world country and I wouldn’t be exaggerating if I said I’ve never really seen a homeless person once growing up. People lived in absolute destitute but there was a real sense of community, everyone looked out for one another like family in times of hardship. I wish that was the case here but sadly not. Volunteering in your community to help these less fortunate people is a really good initiative. Kudos Seyi👌🏾

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Thanks for your comment my friend. It’s really sad but I believe they’re many facets to the problem of homelessness here in the UK. What I believe is that people in this country generally live a secluded life. Some homeless people might even have families and friends but they might refuse help. It’s certainly saddening to see people living on the street when it’s wet, cold, and grey. I hate it!
      I appreciate your comment, I hope you’ll enjoy the coming week.
      Blessings.

  4. Once you fall on hard times it’s difficult to bring yourself up. Here in the States we have more homeless then places to help. The shelters where they can stay over night and shower. But they are dangerous, there’s no security and people get hurt and robbed. So they sleep on the streets and trains.

    It is a hard life.

    • Seyi sandra says:

      It is a hard life Kim, I agree. I know there’s no magic wand to erase problems of homelessness but we can help in any little way we can. Life’s really complicated. I appreciate your visit my friend.
      Blessings.

  5. Lori says:

    Oh, but for this to be a perfect world. Yes, it’s always good to help out in some way. Whether someone is a drug addict or not, we still have compassion. Bless them, and bless you, Miss S.

    Mark 14:7 The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. (Matt 26:11)

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Thanks my friend. I love that scripture, and yes it’s true. We’ll always have the poor with us. May we always have the means to help the poor in our midst.
      I hope your week has been great so far and I wish you the best for the rest of the week Lori. And thank you for stopping by, do accept my gratitude.
      Blessings.

  6. Ste J says:

    Life is precarious and with the poor getting poorer and the rich getting richer and hoarding the profits, it says a lot for society. It is good to give what one can though because if I was in such a desperate situation, I would hope for the kindness of strangers. These days, with credit cards being the main way to spend it is even more difficult for the homeless to get change from people too.

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