Down and Out in Lake Geneva

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: True Confessions  |  House: Booksie Classic
Tough Love. I don't believe in combining those two words into one phrase that has any meaning...but am I wrong?

Submitted: October 04, 2019

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Submitted: October 04, 2019

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Homeless. A person who is currently homeless called me. I had helped this person prior to that person becoming homeless, but the help had done no good at the time, about a year ago. The help I provided went to party, drugs and alcohol I am certain. Now the person is homeless. What is to be done? I don't feel like I can just walk away, no matter what happened before. I took the issue to my 'prayer group' (yes, I do go twice a week to that group and I have no apologies for loving it). I laid out the prior stuff I had done and the current circumstance. Interesting question asked by one of my more conservative friends: "if this person is homeless then how does that person afford a cell phone?" I had no answer for that. Another said that I was merely enabling the person's bad conduct by helping without knowing what that person might do with the money or assistance. I made him take the 'enabler' comment back. I will allow anyone to go there, even though that descriptor is filled with argumentative and interpretive meaning. It's derogatory and inhibits people from helping other people with the use of a very logical and deft-seeming excuse. I will not avoid life, or those in need. I will not do it. I may offer nothing substantive, except my presence and advice but I will not walk away. I cannot do it with my own past. I cannot get up in the morning, look into that proverbial shaving mirror, and face that face if I cannot smile at having done something good already in the day, or in the previous day and night period. I may be much more in need of redemption than most, because my past is indeed colored with performance of things I not only regret but understand were things I did that were deliberately wrong when I did them. I call helping others a form of redemption, no matter what others may think about my conduct. There was no consensus among my friends in the group. Maybe there is some advice on this site that might help me accommodate whatever it is I am trying to accommodate.


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