Sunday, April 3, 2016

Count your blessings…

Annoyingly, I'd just finished writing a post, and on clicking preview, it disappeared, as annoying as it was, I didn't break down in tears like I did in the early days. Hhhhmmmmm…progress??

Right, so, back to the beginning…last week The Good Man and I went to Wagamamas, to celebrate his birthday. We parked the car, and next to us, was a homeless man. He was sat on a large bit of cardboard, and wrapped in a blanket. He looked to be in his thirties. How does this happen to people? HOW? I know the contributing factors are things like physical, emotional and sexual abuse, loss of a job, or a relationship break down or illegal eviction. There are some people that think, and have said to me, 'Oh no, it's because they're on drugs. Or drink. '

A look at the website for the charity SHELTER, tells me, that they had, and responded to 4 million requests for help last year. Can you imagine? So that's one charity, and in their list of contributing factors, they don't mention drugs or alcohol.

So, against the 'advice' of misinformed people, we chatted to the man for 5 minutes, gave him some money to get a hot drink. He went to a cafe nearby and we went for our meal.

Later when we got home, it was really raining. Lying in bed, and listening to our home take a really loud and sustained beating from the weather, I thought (and not for the first time) 'Thank fuck I'm not homeless.' and I sent up a prayer to the Goddess Fortuna. On researching a bit about Goddesses, I came across Isis. She is the Goddess of magic, and the giver of life, symbolising femininity, and empowerment. Which made me think that history is repeating itself. The Nazis took the swastika symbol, and made it their own. It now represents the horror of the second world war, ethnic cleansing, concentration camps and death. Initially, it was a symbol used by the peace loving religion, like Buddhism and it symbolised good fortune and well-being.

So, it's interesting that both Isis and Nazis started out with taking something that wasn't theirs to take, and carried on taking. The Nazis of the second world war were stopped. But this was not in time to prevent the deaths of millions of people. MILLIONS. Isis has also spread panic and fear throughout the western world. When will they be stopped?

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