Comfort zone? What? Did you break a nail or something? You're talking to someone who has had to eat off the land or out of dumpsters... and you want to talk about comfort zones...<quoted text>
Pretty much what I thought. "I'll help you - to a point, then you're on your own."
Like I said. You and personal responsibility aren't friends. Read the give a fish, teach to fish saying.... then read it again. Yes, we "throw them out" after a time, but not until they have a plan, and we help them with that. We work with the local crisis/mental health center and have their full support. It might not seem like much to you, since I'm not throwing five figures of cash at every problem that comes down the pike, but it's a pretty big deal to those we help... people who've had their whole lives turned upside-down and fall through society's cracks (don't qualify for government help) for one reason or other. We're one of about fifty families who take in battered women, and one of less than twenty who'll take their kids too. We make a huge difference in these peoples' lives, for the cost of a couple spare bedrooms and a little food.
[QUOTE] Sickening. I'm quite certain I've done more than my share to help others and I have given when I didn't have a whole lot to give. You'd rather kick people while they're down and make sure they stay on the street. How much have I given of myself out of my comfort zone?
Well that's the thing. You might think so, but I'm not, at least not too much. Since I've had to scrounge for a lot of my life, I'm kinda "not unused" to it, so even a little bit of "not having to scrounge" is a great gift to me and I share my bounty. Always have... Always will... You can't take it with you, you know.More than you'll know. I'm fortunate to have what I have and I've worked hard for it. I also know that I had a great family who helped me and friends who were willing to lend a couch if I needed one from time to time. Now that I've achieved a relative level of success, I make damn sure to pay it forward. That's what people should do. Buying groceries for someone who can't afford them or volunteering to watch a woman's child while she goes to night classes isn't giving them perks - it's helping them become better, more successful people. I don't expect you to understand that concept. You're too worried about yourself.