but let me tell you....it's made me remember alot of things that i had forgotten or pushed aside. i remember how to say please and thank you. i remember how to say you're welcome. i remember how to say i love you. i remember how to speak softly and directly and listen to what others are saying. i remember how to grasp what a person is trying to say instead of waiting impatiently so i can interject my own thoughts and opinions. i remember how to communicate with people.
i remember how to be gracious and humble and not proud and arrogant. i remember how to appreciate things that people do. i remember how to be humble and accept the help of others when i need it. i remember how to patient and understanding and not short tempered and judgmental. people are flawed, they have weaknesses and times of distress. i remember how to recognize that and try to be understanding and comforting when i can be. the world doesn't view you as you view yourself in most cases. i remember how to view an individual as another human being and not by where he works, what he's wearing or the words that come from his mouth. i listen now more for the words that come from their hearts.
i remember how not to take anything for granted. not food, not warmth, not a roof over my head, not money or even the essentials of life. i dont' even take tomorrow for granted now. i walk slowly and with a purpose now, not fast paced headed in directions with no end. i look at people...really look at people. i don't just see their faces in a brief moment, buti watch their gait, their postures, their hidden body language. i remembert they too are bearing burdens i know nothing about. i remember how to be compassionate and caring.
i remember now that people are good in their core. i remember that there are people who do things for other people and expect nothing in return. i see it and experience it every day. i remember that some people help others for no other reason than they truly believe it is indeed the right thing to do.
i remember that there are people who are weaker and in more need than i am. i remember there are people who are stronger and need less than i do. i remember that i have to find my place amongst these two and somehow live a productive life giving back to others what people have given to me.
i remember alot...everything i need i to know. i remember because i became homeless. i didn't learn anything new...but i remembered everything my mom and my dad and god taught me from the time i was born.
see you around town