Speak up


“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”- Steve Jobs

I went to go feed the shelter-less with a group called Monday Night Mission; I’ve joined this group several times in the past. What I realized is that homelessness has become something ‘normal,’ this kind of surprised me. It made me think of how, we as a community have let this happen. At what point did we say this is ok? Where did we lose our connection to one another, our humanity? How desensitized have we become?

I’ve realized that it is easy to let problems start to snowball unless someone stands up and stops it. The longer it exists, it seems, the more ‘acceptable’ it becomes. People just turn their heads too afraid to face the reality of what is happening.

It is only until that one person takes a stand and says “Enough!” that light will shine on the existing problem and transformation will occur. However it may take just as long to solve the problem as it did to create it in the first place.

When you see something you feel in your heart is not right, do something, do it immediately. Otherwise you will just contribute to the problem and it will start to snowball one day at a time. It takes great courage to do this because the majority of people will be too afraid to take a stand and say something. We all want to belong; however in our attempt to belong we mustn’t forget our duty to one another and follow our heart when something/someone is being harmed.

One voice makes a difference, will it be yours?

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