From a wonderful Bostonian friend, Bridget Parece-“It was 2 weeks before Christmas and I had just gotten fired from my job. I had gotten my check and had to buy food. My friend took me to the store and on the way into the parking lot I saw this homeless man. He was wearing a shaggy black and red jacket. Winters are so cold here, and this evening was no exception. The thought–“This corner seems like a magnet for homeless people-” popped into my head as I walked through the doorway. Seeing the poor man made me want to count my blessings, and focus on what I had rather than on what I don’t have. “Things could be worse,” I told myself, and made up my mind to buy him some food.
I picked up a couple of apples and oranges, a water bottle, some chocolate, and a pair of hand warmers. I was hoping he’d still be there when I got back outside. There he was, standing next to the road. My friend pulled the car near the man and I rolled down the window and handed him the bag of stuff. He nodded and smiled, and I felt so good. I’d accomplished even a little task and it really pulled up my spirits from having just lost my job. Even though I didn’t have a lot of money and didn’t give him that much, I just had the thought, ” I could be homeless, too. I need to count my blessings, even though I don’t have much to give.”–Thank you so much, Bridget, for allowing us to share your sweet and simple story with the world!!!