I walked by a Starbucks and heard a homeless woman begging the passing crowd for money.
“Spare a change. Spare a change.” I wanted to spare a change, but soon realized that I was not a millionaire, who had got pockets full of change to spare easily.
Some may consider giving away a buck or two is not a big deal. I agree. That being said, when you frequently encounter financially deprived individuals at every street corner or get asked constantly for monetary donation by volunteers, representing different charitable organizations in the most bustling areas within a city, the one or two bucks that we handed out to complete strangers so casually in the past, all of a sudden, become things that we hold onto dearly.
We have to take care of ourselves first. Self-care is not the same as selfishness. Self-care should always come first before being generous and charitable in our relationship to others. Helping others climb out of their own poverty, while letting ourselves sink into our own is not the most efficient way to break this vicious cycle, called human suffering.