the greatest kind of poverty.

( picture of my friend from Boiro Spain, a former heroine addict, whose been clean for four years and just got married to his long time girlfriend, also a former addict, who now have dedicated their lives to helping others overcome addictions)

We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty. Mother Teresa

i think it is easier for me to dream big, thinking about far off places and people who are in need of love and in the mean time forget about those who are in my life on a daily basis. While my friends, family, colleagues (if i had a job 🙂 ) the lady who bags my groceries, or the guy i cut off on the tollway are forced to deal with the me that isnt always “there.”

there is a homeless man that is often in downtown naperville, rain or shine, sleet or snow, he is most likely to be found sitting on a bench in full view of anyone walking in downtown naperville, and while i talk talk talk so much about wanting to help others, i cant think of one time that i have sat down and talked to him….

just a thought. how can i say helping/loving/ and caring for people is what i want to do with my life and yet i forget to extend those graces to the people that are surrounding me?

“Forget regret,
or Life is your’s to miss.”

p.s. check out Peter’s amazing photographs from his recent month long trip to Ecuador…they are very inspiring.


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