Drive-by Compassion

Yesterday, I found out that I am approved for housing. Monday, I will find out where I am on the list. I honestly don’t know if I should rejoice or cringe. One lady told me that she is six months down on the list. One gentle told me that he was approved five months ago and has heard nothing since. I’m making my best effort to be optimistic.

Last night, when I arrived at the William S. Davies Homeless Shelter, I was in for a bit of a surprise. Veggie wraps were donated by Floyd Medical Center. They were delicious! The other men also eat very well for omnivores. They partake of food donated from Domino’s, the local country club, hospitals and more.

The people of Rome are very kind. While I was walking to Purple Mountain Natural Foods today, a white car stopped in the middle of the street and a lady hollered, “Would you like a sack lunch?” as she held out a bag. I was worried about the traffic behind her, that was swiftly closing in, when I politely declined her offer. Afterward, however, I felt bad. It makes people feel good to give. Unfortunately, I didn’t feel I had the luxury of time to explain to her that I am vegan. Still, it really touched my heart.

“The most compassionate form of giving is done with no thought or expectation of reward, and grounded in genuine concern for others.” – Dalai Lama