Monday, April 7, 2014

Contemplative Monday

The following is from 'Heart Advice, Weekly Quotes From Pema Chodron'.


"A young couple decided to deal with their ambivalence about panhandlers
by giving money to the first person who asked each day.

They were sincerely attempting to work with their confusion 
around the issue of homelessness, but they had an agenda:
they would be good, generous people and do their noble deed
and then forget about their conflicted feelings
for the rest of the day.

One morning a drunk asked the woman for money as she went into a store.

Even though he was the first panhandler of the day, his presence disgusted her
and she didn't want to give him anything.

When she came out of the store she hastily gave him a bill and rushed away.
Walking to her car, she heard a voice calling, "Ma'am, ma'am!"
She turned and there was the drunk, who said,
"I think you made a mistake! You gave me a five."


  1. Maybe we should not judge anyone by how they look, and as I look at your new header, it gets 100%, Superbly done. Cheers, Jean ....p.s. Many years ago we were travelling with our caravan, and at one campsite, saw these people, living in a dirty, very old bus, who I judged to be what we then called "Hippies!!", a few days later I realised we were the same, just a little older, a bit/ lots cleaner, and maybe with a slightly better vehicle. And definitely no small plants being cultivated in secret!!!

  2. Great post! It's best not to judge so quickly, Jim, although it is hard not to do sometimes. Everyone has a story, and sometimes the story may surprise us. Happy Monday to you!

  3. Great post, Jim!
    Love the header, think that's a 'print and hang on the wall' one!

  4. Something to contemplate. What is that new header? It is lovely.

    1. Hi Inger. Blogger friend Vicki from '2 Bags Full', used a photo I had on Saturday's post and she used her iphone app to get this result. Nice eh? I love it too!

  5. We are not called to judge but to love. Great post!

  6. Great post with an important lesson about compassion Jim..

  7. Thoughtful words! And lovely shots.


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