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Warlock
10th October 2011, 21:34
I had to go to the drugstore today, but I only had two bucks in my pocket. I went to the ATM and could only take twenty, because I'm waiting for a check to clear. From the ATM, the drugstore is not too far.

When I got there, there was a lady sleeping up against the water vending machine. I parked right in front of it and she kind of woke up and looked at me. What I noticed was she had a nice purse next to her, had her nails painted, and was not really disheveled as many of the homeless look.
I got out of my car and as I was entering, I stopped and thought 'how can I just walk in and not give that lady some money'. I did see that everyone else just kind of looked at her and couldn't stop looking quick enough. Basically, they did not want to accept what they saw.

After I picked up my stuff (some paper towels) I thought I need to give this lady what I can. I mean, how can you just ignore these people?
I was still hesitant, but I approached her and asked if I could help her out with a couple of bucks. She said "thank you, but I'm okay". I said "are you sure?" and she said "I'm okay".
I asked why she was sleeping here and she told me the cops had kind of kicked her out of where she usually sleeps, which is in an adjacent city. They also gave her a ticket.
We talked for a liitle while and she told me she gets social security but still has to live in the streets. She told me about her physical problems, mainly a bad back, and she has some pins in one of her legs. She asked about me and I told her my problems.
I asked her name. She said "Sheena" and I told her mine, we shook hands and told each other to hang in there.
I had been the only one to approach her. Everyone else walked by or around her, at least while I was there.
I got into my car and cried all the way home.

Warlock

Heyoka_11
10th October 2011, 21:43
G'day Warlock,

That was a marvellous thing that you did! I'd call it an act of random kindness, but perhaps there was no "random" quality to it at all. Sheena probably really needed what you offered (the sharing of your common humanity that is, not the money), and you were the only available kindly soul to help out.

On a Cosmic level, actions like yours are of tremendous importance. Well done!!

Tony :)

Fred Steeves
10th October 2011, 21:50
Thanks for telling us about that Warlock. I totally agree with Tony, well done! I like to think that simple loving gestures like you did can be of benefit to the person far beyond our wildest imaginations sometimes. Then of course there's the ripple effect. No act of kindness should be too small to consider, so thank you also for the reminder.

Cheers,
Fred

Generous
10th October 2011, 21:54
Thank you for sharing that, that was very touching and moving.

markoid
10th October 2011, 22:16
I am sure you made a HUGE difference in Sheena's life warlock. You shone warm and shining light with your humanity on someone who possibly feels that life is dark and very harsh... bless you.
I know because it softened my heart to read your story... thanks

markpierre
10th October 2011, 22:42
I woke up in a massive heart opening today. I don't generally have issues with my heart centre, but I cut it off my lower three pretty effectively through withdrawal and clenching posture. It's been a lifelong issue for me. I saw a really sensitive network chiropractor yesterday and he helped me reconnect those channels, and so far I haven't blocked them off again. Of course I'm going to experience 'something'. The lower three are the world. It's our ability to both embrace it and also invite it in. I forget that after I've been cut off for a while. I'm not soliciting business for anyone, but I'm reminding myself how important it is. We were all really busy back in the day working on our crowns and our pineals and our hearts. (I say we?) It's a great thing to see and to know and to feel. But its all still disconnected without the ability to act on it and demonstrate it physically. Not in grand gestures, but in each opportunity that presents itself.
So today started with that great Greek thread with the video, and it floored me. And now this? Could be an interesting day.

But imagine those poor people walking past her and the convolutions they had to do in their minds to distance themselves from reality. Both from the cold reality that perception presents, and from the awesome experience that it actually is. And then were forced to witness you demonstrating what they may never experience in this lifetime. Unawareness doesn't block the information, it just processes it differently and stores it for future reference. Love can't be lost from anyone. I wouldn't worry too much for the woman on the sidewalk, she's already discovering her bottom. You made her day, but my gut tells me that she's gonna be okay.
Hey, once a little light finds a crack and gets in there, it's there. The jig is up. Thanks for that beautiful post and that beautiful reminder.

Maia Gabrial
10th October 2011, 22:56
You know they say that you never know if you're entertaining an angel.... I love what you did, Warlock. It touches me because I've been there. I know how it is to be considered "nothing" to everyone when they didn't even know my story or how I came to be in my situation.
YOU are one of the reasons why there's hope for the human race.

Kristo
10th October 2011, 22:56
Something must be up as of late~ I'm on your same wavelength Warlock, did something similar on Saturday morning. It's not common to give pan handlers cash, but I felt myself handing this gentlemen a $20 without thinking. Even though it felt divinely guided, as soon as I opened my car window I caught a whiff of his cigarette smoke. (I instantly thought "he has enough money for cigarettes".. hmmm...) Did I do wrong? I want to say no. I did what I could in helping out another human being. What he does with the gift is his karma, not mine. Am I wrong? Now I feel guilty for that split second of regret, simply because his (expensive) habit was made known to me.
Thank you for sharing your story Warlock. Bless you :)
Kris

RedeZra
10th October 2011, 23:11
tnx for sharing a compassion in practise story

it will not go unnoticed ; )

Warlock
11th October 2011, 00:19
I thank ALL of you for your kind words, blessings and for having the HUMANITY to understand what I did, to be moved by it.
These are the situations that help one to keep everything in perspective.
My problems are nothing compared to this lady and I am even more thankful for the few things that I have.

Your compassion and empathy are the reasons why I'm thankful to be part of this forum.

Warlock

gray jedi
11th October 2011, 01:19
thanks for your sharing your experience as it gives me hope for this planet and it's naked ape citizen's. keep donig what your doing and lead by example.

astrid
11th October 2011, 01:28
lovely story, thanks for sharing

etheric underground
11th October 2011, 01:36
Warlock..... Im at work mate and had to stop myself
from tearing up. I can picture the opening of your heart as
you drive away from that location where sheena slept..
and i feel your emotion...WOW.
We are all connected .. Does this not portray this in every gene in our bodies.
You opened your heart and love to Sheena and now open that same energy
by sharing the image. I reside in Perth Australia and I feel everything that you felt
by allowing me the story. THANKYOU

TigaHawk
11th October 2011, 02:40
Be carefull whom you give you're money too. In this case you did well. Here's how i was a sucker/fool previously.


On the walk home, sort of near a train station there's a young woman in a wheelchair, she's lost her legs from knees down. Do not know how this happend as i find it hard to socialise with people..... scared if you will...

Saw her there a few times, allways begging for money. She specificly asked me one day, at this point ive only seen her there twice. I gave her twenty, as she said she needed money for food. Seh was like "Are you sure? thanks!" - I felt happy with myself feeling ive done something good and helped someone out.


About a month passes, i see her there regularly. Since then:

She's had her hair dyed 3 different colors.
She goes "home" somewhere, with a brother or friend every evening.
Her brother/friend pushes her around town, she calls out to people and begs for money, alot like myself feel guilty and give it to her.
Her brother/friend sharing alco in the brown paper bag.
Both have ample supply of cigorettes.
Fresh, washed clean clothes, and its obvious/clear to see they shower/bathe regularly.



My assumption, and why i will never attempt to aid this person ever again:

They have a home and a family.
Something happend to them which caused them this disability, which sucks... but rather than make the most of her life she has decided to:
Team up with a friend/brother - run around the city all day begging for money - which is then spent on booze and smokes


She could have done so much with her life. Does she not realise how degrading what she is doing is to herself?




Lesson for myself. Stop being a social deadweight , grow some balls and talk to said person first, tho i am likely to have gullible written up my arm and not be able to discern BS from Truth anyway.



Thankyou for you're heartwarming story, OP.

Dawn
11th October 2011, 03:12
There are rings of panhandlers in California. They are usually dropped off at 'their corner' by someone in a late model car very early each morning around 5:30 AM and picked up around 7PM each evening. Most people don't realize what is going on, however I have been around both early and late enough to see the situation. They are very aggressive in demanding money, and wear the dirtiest and most threadbare clothes possible to pray on pity. It is easy to see the surface and think they cannot care for themselves,
........then feel the fear that this may come to you someday,
.................then give them money in response to a sense of inner fear and guilt.

Your story is so different from this. You were willing to see her as a worthwhile person and chat with her instead of 'down to her'. This makes all the difference because you recognized her as a wonderful person. Now that is a gift to anyone.

Here is a story from my life, which happened about 4 years ago. I was heading with a girlfriend, to a weekend class in another town. She knew someone there (we'll call her Laura) who had lost her job as a corporate executive 2 years earlier, and had been unable to find employment again. Laura's government unemployment benefits had run out, and a group of her friends began to pitch in to help her meet her rent and bare minimum existence requirements.

We called Laura, and asked to sleep on her couch for the weekend, and she agreed. As we stayed there it was obvious that times were hard. Towels and throw rugs had become threadbare, and appliances such as her washer and dryer had broken, yet there was no money for repairs. Since we were not paying for a hotel, my friend and I decided to spend the money we saved purchasing a large amount of food to re-stock her pantry shelves. We made sure to purchase quite a few 'fancy' things such as chocolate, that would allow her to feel luxurious. She was so delighted to have company, and made us amazing 5 course meals each evening, prepared from the food we had purchased. She had so much fun giving her talents to us, instead of being a beggar receiving peoples generosity for a change.

As we got ready to leave her home, I wished more than anything to do something that would allow her to feel abundant. I did not wish to give her money, because I knew this would show that I saw her as in need of a 'hand out'. I hit on the idea of emptying my pockets and purse, and hiding the money under a jewelery box on her dresser. I thought she would think that she had forgotten that she had tucked it there when she discovered it, and would feel she had a bit extra to spend. I had exactly $43.27, and that is what I hid there.

30 minutes later, as we were saying 'Good-bye' at the car I reached into my pocket to get my car keys... that is when I realized with a sinking heart that I had somehow not put the money on her dresser... even though I thought I had. As I pulled my hand out of my pocked it held exactly $43.27. I was so disappointed in myself! I explained the situation to her, and tried to offer her the money, however she refused to take it (because she really did not wish to be seen as someone needing a hand out!)

3 hours later I finally finished the drive home, and as I walked in the door of my house, I heard the phone ringing. It was Laura, "I just looked under the jewelry box where you were going to leave the money, and found $43.27! Thank you so much". As I hung up the phone I realized that somehow, with the intention of creating a feeling of abundance, (not of giving a hand out) the money had multiplied 2x.

I took this as a lesson to me from the universe. Now I focus on creating a feeling of abundance everywhere I go. I realize that seeing someone as a wonderful and powerful creator is the biggest gift I can give anyone. I try to let people know that they are wonderful, that their ideas are creative, and that they have so many gifts to give the world. And I attempt to do it subtly and with total sincerity... because everyone truly does have gifts they can give.

Warlock
11th October 2011, 04:20
Be carefull whom you give you're money too. In this case you did well. Here's how i was a sucker/fool previously.


On the walk home, sort of near a train station there's a young woman in a wheelchair, she's lost her legs from knees down. Do not know how this happend as i find it hard to socialise with people..... scared if you will...

Saw her there a few times, allways begging for money. She specificly asked me one day, at this point ive only seen her there twice. I gave her twenty, as she said she needed money for food. Seh was like "Are you sure? thanks!" - I felt happy with myself feeling ive done something good and helped someone out.


About a month passes, i see her there regularly. Since then:

She's had her hair dyed 3 different colors.
She goes "home" somewhere, with a brother or friend every evening.
Her brother/friend pushes her around town, she calls out to people and begs for money, alot like myself feel guilty and give it to her.
Her brother/friend sharing alco in the brown paper bag.
Both have ample supply of cigorettes.
Fresh, washed clean clothes, and its obvious/clear to see they shower/bathe regularly.



My assumption, and why i will never attempt to aid this person ever again:

They have a home and a family.
Something happend to them which caused them this disability, which sucks... but rather than make the most of her life she has decided to:
Team up with a friend/brother - run around the city all day begging for money - which is then spent on booze and smokes


She could have done so much with her life. Does she not realise how degrading what she is doing is to herself?




Lesson for myself. Stop being a social deadweight , grow some balls and talk to said person first, tho i am likely to have gullible written up my arm and not be able to discern BS from Truth anyway.



Thankyou for you're heartwarming story, OP.

Here's the way I have come to see it: If someone makes a pretense of being in need to take your money or whatever, and your good heart is fooled, then that is on them, not on you.
You felt your humanity come up and you acted on that. Don't feel angry at being fooled, because this came from your good heart.
How were you to know?

Warlock

Guest
11th October 2011, 04:28
Quite some time ago, I lived near a University district and went to school in cities. There were a lot of homeless people and veterans. Sometimes I would go into the University districts or into the cities to shop or hang out listen to music. Sometimes I would make several lunches and leave it on the bus or park benches where I knew they would be found or I would buy food and hand to a group of them. One day I walked by a Vet that was asleep on a bench and I left my lunch next to him. That night I walked past the same area going to my car and the Vet ran up to me and put something in my hand. It was a piece of paper with the drawing of an angel emanating light and it said beautiful lady light thank you so much for helping me. It certainly shocked me a little and I didn't expect to see him either. Most of the time I made a point of stopping and talking with the homeless and sharing what food and drink I had with me, but not money.

So I Grock you Warlock.....we never know and I also live in California and I know the deal about the panhandlers.

Thank you for sharing about sheena

Nora

we are all related

Ol' Roy
11th October 2011, 05:36
Thanks Warlock, that is truely moving. I it reminds me of a situation this summer. My wife and I were going on vacation to Hilton Head, SC. We stoped at a rest area for a bathroom break. Coming out a guy approached me, explaining that they had left their car unlocked at the last rest area. Someone had stolen his wife's purse and his billfold was in it. They needed 6 gallon's of gas to get to Charleston to see their son, who was enrolling in his freshman year of college. He said someone had already given him $3. He was embarrassed to be asking for money. So I gave him $2. He said he was a school teacher and felt really foolish for letting this happen. I then changed my mind and gave him a $20. He asked for my name and address so he could mail it back. I told him no. I did have some doubt in my mind, for I know rest stops are notorius for this kind of thing. I am like Kristo in beleiving that I helped another human being. Do with it as they will. But, it made us feel good, helping someone else. Him and his wife said bless you, as we drove off.

Take care,
O'Roy