#globalite Jayanthi ponders over a conundrum that many of us are faced with when we encounter people asking for help at traffic lights and street corners. What would you do? #homeless #sundayoneday
It was regular Thursday. Delivery day of the local newspaper, Acorn. Something about the localness makes me devour the paper from end-to-end. I guess, it is the feeling of belonging, knowing the local dentistry is collecting post-Halloween candy, the nail place has a coupon, or the local barber has been in business for 25 years.
I read the editorials, try to place last names with children I know at the local school, wonder if one is a realtor whose boards I see all over the place.
Something about an editorial lingered …. Someone called Marsha commented on a article from the prior week about the homeless man outside the local Trader Joe. I did not recall the article she referred to, but the message was clear.
Marsha did not encourage placards and homeless standing outside parking lots and stop signs. It was dangerous to both drivers trying to get their weekly errand done and to the homeless. She also did not think asking for money with just a placard for context was fair.
She did believe in humanity. She was uncomfortable with herself and others not making eye contact. She did not think it was fair to treat him any lesser just because he is holding a sign showcasing his downfall. So she rolled down her window and said Hi. The light was red so she got to make small talk, discuss the weather and how red lights are badly timed. The light changed, she smiled and drove away.
She did not believe in handouts, but believed in humanity.
How about you? Would you spare a smile? Would you spare a few words?
If you can easily make idle conversation with the check out person, the person behind you in line, person ahead of you in the line, the person filling gas in the pump next to you … can you, would you with the person with a sign at the stoplight?
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September 4, 2014 in Travel
#globalite Jayanthi takes us on a photo tour of Marrakech, a Northwest African nation of Morocco, stunning visuals with a generous splash of colors! #travelthursday #colors
Colors bring varying meaning, emotions to each one of us based on our habits, our childhood, culture, country etc. Some minds fade away from bright ones while others lose luster from pastels. One wears white to a funeral while the other wears the same white to a wedding. And in some cases, colors have weaved themselves so much in to the landscape, business, people and mannerism that all you can feel is the perfect blend of the hues and the pure joy of harmony. Colors of Marrakech ……
July 18, 2014 in Tips & Ideas
Globalites share their one habit or practice to live consciously every day.
Jayanthi’s daily habit to live consciously:
Have the courage to fail. It is very difficult to give in to failing. Most of us rather do something that is half as good than fail. However failures teaches much more than success can.
July 5, 2014 in Kids
We spend a lot of time on our contribution to the world and of those around us. How often do you think about your contribution to the future generation? Are we setting the stage for a life eons better than the one we live?
Today, I felt a simple and pure sense of accomplishment.
My teenage daughter (14 years) is a counselor in training at the summer camp she attends. She was playing with a 5 year old in the morning. This child asked my daughter to look for her at end of day. My daughter remembers & finds her at the end of the day .
The child says “This is all I have, I want you to have it because you are my favorite” and gives her a quarter. My daughter responds with all the appropriate awwww words and gives it back to her saying “come to the snack shop tomorrow, I will be working there”.
Taking care, showing affection independent of relationship, remembering- no matter how small the promise, giving, caring, is thriving in the next generation.