This video was created using film clips from my time on the streets with Pastor Dave Ferrari of Central City Assembly. He is doing a fund raiser to open a shelter for men and women and spent three nights and four days living in the Houseless community in Tucson Arizona.
My new mantra these days is “We Are the Solution.” I adapted this mantra cause it feels impossible to get anyone, or any government agency, or any private corporation, or any frigging anyone to do something about everything that needs to be fixed.
No sense in laying it all out cause we all know there are more than enough issues to lament about and we are all keenly aware of what actions have not been taken to make any corrections or even in some cases acknowledge the problems. None, zilch, zero. Just to be clear, however, there has been significant progress and great successes in some areas. For example, the Supreme Court ruled a nationwide right to same-sex marriage. Obamacare was also saved by the Supreme Court.
Also to be clear, I don’t believe we are sinking into a dark hole nor are we doomed. I’m simply pointing out the obvious, our concerns about a variety of issues are not being addressed by those who are in control and can indeed help us live better quality lives. So it is up to us to find our own solutions.
What does this look like? Well, let’s look at homelessness. This issue is one that is rooted in poverty, unemployment, substance abuse and the criminal justice system just to name a few. So how do we fix it ourselves? Where do we start?
We start by acknowledging we can in fact do something that is not dependent on government agencies, corporations, non-profits or any other entity that just takes to much time to deal with or just doesn’t care or will not listen. Once we realize we are the solution then the forward movement begins. So back to what can we do.
The first thing anyone can do is think about what they can do that is sustainable and they can do themselves. For example. If you want to feed some homeless folk make a meal and give it to someone. It may be one meal but you did something and the person who received it felt the kindness. While you are out on the streets ask the person you just fed what they need. If possible provide them with some things from the list. Or just talk to them and listen.
This great act of kindness goes a long way. It shows the person you helped that you care and you will feel better as well. Continue to think outside of the box. Come up with ways to show the homeless you care. Use your imagination. Contact local civic and political leaders and ask them what they are doing about the issue. Pray for them, start a clothing or food drive. Post some simple sayings on FB page, i.e, homeless are people too, or everyone deserves respect and dignity.
The list goes on and it’s up to all of us to find solutions. Even simple easy ones will and can make a difference. And none of us can say definitively what the solutions are but we will never know until we start diving in and doing the work and realizing, “We are the Solution.”