Sometimes in life when we're faced with hard choices or we're in a tough situation we find ourself settling for less than we really want to. we take the easy way out or the quickest thing that satisfies what we're looking for. either we're impatient or we're unwilling to face the difficult task of working for what we really set out to gain or achieve. sooner or later that comes back to haunt us. we regret it. we wish we'd taken the extra time or the extra effort to obtain the best.
i think that's some of the problem with the homeless situation and all the people who are trying for or think they know of a solution to the problem of homelessness. actually, while i'm at it....it's not a problem i'm not a problem. all the men, women and children who are homeless aren't a problem. we're just homeless. if you think we're a problem then you have no positive opinion or input and we don't need you. thank you.
anyway...i think very often the same thing happens with people dealing with the homeless. it's a very exasperating and difficutl job. it comes with built in frustrations. it comes with no assembly instructions. it comes without batteries or a video how-to, so far there's been no successful program to deal with it. it keeps rearing it's ugly head. so...the social workers and organizations dealing with the homeless often settle for the first option they can find just to get the homeless off the street. it could be a mission, a temporary shelter, a drug rehab, a ticket to another city or maybe just a hotel room. they settle out of concern, frustration and lack of options.
it's time to stop settling. it's time to stop taking the easy way out. it's time for both the homeless and the social workers and organizations to stop putting a bandaid on the problem and end this scar on america. it's time for the hardliners to stop complaining about having to pay for the homeless bums and welfare queens. well...you want to stop paying for it? find a solution..a permanent solution. not temporary shelter. a permanent solution will end the debate and the premise that homeless people are a big burden on society. it's time for the politicians to put aside their bipartinship and serve the people you were elected to serve. yes.....we are part of the people. it's time for the local governments, churches and businesses to step up and stop trying to figure out what to do with the homeless and work together and find a permanent ongoing solution to the problem. it won't be easy...it won't be quick. but don't settle.
me...i'm not settling for anything. i want a job. i want a house. i want security. i want to know that this isn't going to happen again. i want a government..both local and federal...that operates efficiently enough to have an economy that won't let this happen again. i want to walk away from being homeless and take the experience with me...but nothing else. i don't want to take doubts and apprehensions that it could happen again.
in the meanitme i'm going to keep talking and writing and trying to help. i'm not going to settle.
you don't settle either...because that's just not good enough