Count your blessings



At lunch time today I drove up to the nearby supermarket. When I walking towards the main entrance a young man asked me if I would like to buy a Big Issue magazine. I politely said no thank you and he smiled and said I hope you have a good day.

I suddenly remembered a time, quite a few years ago when I went out with friends one evening for a meal, I had a very flashy company car at that time and a man on the street asked me if I had any change. I said sorry, No and walked on and he shouted after me, you drive a car like that and you can’t spare a pound!

It spoilt my evening because although it was not my car I was in a fortunate position. I had a job, I had my own house at the time and I felt ashamed. I hoped he would still be outside when we left, but he wasnt.

That memory had faded with the years but that young man outside the supermarket brought it back. On leaving the supermarket I walked over to him and gave him a couple of pounds, I did not want a magazine, his eyes lit up and he thanked me and wished me a Merry Christmas and I smiled at him and wished him the same.

When I got back to the apartment I told John as we ate our sandwich and he said you did right. I know I did the right thing because we never know when it could be us needing a bit of help. I never thought all those years ago that I would lose my job and my home when I did and although I do not have a lot now I am truly blessed to be loved by family, along with enough money to get by and a wonderful husband.

Please remember that the next time you walk past someone in need.


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  1. I had a similar experience years ago. The Big Issue seller looked me up and down when I said “no thanks” and he said something really mean to me! I never look down on anyone and try to help when I can.

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    1. I know and I am aware that there are some scammers too. One man I know told me his mum was approached when she was going in the fish shop for money, she said no and then bought the man a fish and he shouted I want money not food! There is a fine line because we live in a sad world and drugs have a lot to answer for!

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  2. Thanks for the reminder, Elaine. I resolved a long time ago to offer what I can joyfully, without judgment or expectation. And when I haven’t anything to offer, to not beat myself up. Thank you for bringing it up. Always worth remembering! 😉 xoM

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  3. A very honest blog, Elaine. I haven given generously in the past, some have turned their noses up, whether because they were jealous of the fact I could give, did give, or were too proud to humbly accept that which was given, I couldn’t say. Either way you walk a fine line. There are those desperately in real need. They are worth caring about. Your actions bespoke the truth of your heart. xoxoxo

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    1. Too many people look the other way, if I ever came into money I would definitely give to homeless people I can’t help but think about them about them when I am tucked up in a warm bed. If a few people remember this post when they see someone in need and give a little bit of something then all will be worthwhile. 😀


      1. I so agree. Through no fault of their own, this is where they are. I wouldn’t believe for a second, this is the life they chose to live. Something or someone is responsible. They need love affection care and yes money too and my heart always goes out to each one.

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  4. We have a big issue seller in Woodbridge , she has a big following of women who care for her, and I often give her money, she can be on the street even when pregnant in all weathers .


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