I was eavesdropping on a volunteer orientation recently, when I heard someone say, “We’re all just a paycheck or two away from being homeless ourselves.” Is that true, though?
I gathered my coat and briefcase, locked the door to my office, and walked out the front door of the building. I finished another day of work. The day wasn’t extraordinary. If anything, it was a normal day, but something happened that made me reconsider what a normal day at the office looks like.
December 21 is the Winter Solstice; it is the longest night of the year. From here forward, the nights get shorter and days get longer. The winter solstice marks the beginning of the solar calendar, and even without religious connotations, the day is celebrated across the globe in various ways.
We all know someone who has a great idea to help people. They rally support, cast a vision, and recruit a few people to help them do the work. They start their mission of love and compassion and then they want to know why they aren’t getting the results they expected.
I tell people that I work on Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve to get out of attending family events. My family likes to have a Thanksgiving get together and my wife’s family does a big Christmas Eve event. An encounter this year, however, ruined that story, and I’m thrilled about it.
(Photo Credit: Chattanooga Community Kitchen).
I recently read an article from the National Coalition for the Homeless addressing the senseless killing of people in San Diego just because they are homeless. I want to share the link with you, and I urge you take a look and consider the ramifications of the people you are voting into office this November.
How do you engage a person in town you think is homeless?
I like to do word association questions with people when I interview them. By that I mean that I provide a word and the interviewee responds with the first thing that comes to mind.
I enjoy it because it gives me a lot of information about the person without them knowing what I really want. There truly is no right or wrong answer with me on word association. (more…)