while traveling this summer was full in many ways, there were some things we saw and experienced that deeply affected us all. i was stunned at the homelessness we came across in several stops on our travels. some very desperate situations and people and it prompted many heartfelt conversations within our family. i don't have answers, i wish i did. but i go back to a conversation we had with a man on public transit during one of the legs of our trip and the conversation came around to helping others and he said, "everyone needs a little help sometime, brah!". he wasn't asking us for any, but we were all in agreement of this.
i keep coming back to this conversation in contrast to some of the scenes of homelessness we witnessed. i know there are programs in place in many areas that offer many services, and i am grateful for that.
the world can be a heavy place and it seems at times and the biggest challenge in life is maintaining hope. may we all find ways to cultivate hope and help in ways that we can.