Usually I like to start and end my day with prayers and I think a lot of what I am grateful for in my life. The list is very long and at times repetitive, but one thing I was repeating these few days while in Milano was "I am grateful to be in a warm bed, in a warm room, with food and clothes". It seems that there are more homeless people on the streets of Milano than I remember. During these cold days their life is nothing but struggle (but mind you, it doesn't end when summer comes either!). Rarely do people look at them because they are afraid of them, I guess. We are taught to expect the worst from people who are hungry or abandoned. Those are stereotypes, in my opinion. My experience is quite the opposite.
I had several encounters with homeless people, and I learned so much from them. How life changed for them from one day to another, how difficult it is to prove society that they are worth the trust and investment. I am noone special when I stand on the street with them, and yet when they are treated with respect, they respond in the same way or with even more gratitude than you could ever imagine.
I am really grateful that there are charities that put all their efforts into helping them, and also, there are so many volunteers that sign up to be of use in those efforts.
What are you grateful for today?