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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Selfishness (02/14/05)

TITLE: my choice!
By kazza walton
02/14/05


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There he sits all alone on the park bench. He is a common sight now.
Day after day I have seen him.
So many hurry by him averting their eyes from him. The smell from him drifts across the park with all its unpleasantness. Even this can be ignored it seems. In a world of his own he slowly pulls out the stale bread and the jar of spread, the label long since gone, and with painstaking slowness proceeds to eat his meal.Another passer-by crosses the street to avoid meeting him. Many screw their noses up and darkly mumble to themselves as they pass by him. His eyes seem sad and deep, as if his very soul were written there for all to see, if we but dare to look.
All it would take is one look into the weathered face.
To shyly smile, a word of greeting. But alas no one gives him that. Its as if he is invisible.
. For in our selfish world where we are the centre, there is always the voice that cries out “It might cost”. I can find many excuses for myself. What will be my choice?
Will I join the many who hurry by? Or will I take the risk and seek out those eyes.
I have the feeling that if I dare it is not only his life that could be effected but my own as well.
He stands up slowly lifting his sack with infinite care, as if some precious cargo is contained within, and shuffles off towards the street. I am left with all my questions unanswered. My chance now gone and left with this empty feeling at the pit of my stomach. I recognise it,that tiny voice within me called “selfishness”. I console myself with “Next time”. But who knows what tomorrow will bring.


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donna robinson02/21/05
Exactly. I was in the subway today when the man started his speech about the homeless, how he once was homeless, now he has a job and dedicates his off time to raising funds so he can give out blankets and simple tolietries. This is NY so most just ignored him but I couldn't, I thought about all the ones I pass each day...You are right, I see them every day and every day it hurts. We have to sometimes be willing to listen and look and speak.
Sally Hanan02/21/05
So tomorrow has come and gone...:) what did you do? Nicely done.
Delores McCarter02/22/05
Very thought provoking.
Amy Davis02/22/05
Amy Davis02/22/05
You hit the nail on the head. It's so true that we console ourselves with "next time." What a good reminder.
Carol Adams02/22/05
Well written and so true. I hope "next time" will come and we will be a servant instead of being selfish.
Crista Darr02/24/05
Excellent! What an encouragement to choose to love.
Phyllis Inniss 02/26/05
The empty feeling at the pit of your stomach means that you care. The next time you will do something to avoid that empty feeling.