reply to post by digitalbluco
Your story demonstrates it can work both ways
Unfortunately and I hate to say it but some of these homeless really aren`t at all and some are drug addicts. It`s my observation that you should not
help them out a second time. I liken them to stray cats, they attract more strays, once you feed them, it`s like you adopted them and they keep coming
back for more, except unlike cats they can eventually rob you with the reasoning you have more than them so you should give to them. They seem to
think they are entitled.
I don`t advise giving them your home address!
I have always been generous but there comes a point where you must ask yourself am I being nice or am I being stupid. Having said that I have been in
the position of being without and how I wished and would have completely appreciated a helping hand, but truthfully, nobody lent a hand and I had too
much pride to ever ask. In recent years I have more than others and I have been very generous, because I understood the needs.
A few years ago I was downtown vancouver and a homeless man was begging. I gave him money, as other passerby`s called him names and me an idiot.
Anyways, that night I had the best luck, an amazing thing happened.
I think paying it forward does work but it works the opposite way too, if you`re a cheapskate and go around cheating people doing the knickle and
diming thing, this does not go un-noticed and you`re burning your bridges. So give, but don`t be such a taker, if it`s a balancing out thing going
on, you aren`t moving forward at all, you knock yourself back every time you take when you really didn`t need to. Don`t give because you want
something back in return, it doesn`t work that way.
edit on 3-1-2012 by violet because: (no reason given)