...lack of resources is NOT poverty! It is the result of an impoverished mindset! Look, when I lived with my biological mother before my adoption we lived in poverty. We spent nights on the streets. What changed when I was adopted? It was not just that I was given "things". What changed was that people showed that they cared. My MIND started to be renewed. I began to feel that I mattered. And here is the simple, point blank, cannot be clearer truth: PEOPLE MATTER!
...As I reflect on my encounter with this woman in Camden, I wonder what else I could have done. I could have bought 2 sandwiches and shared a meal with her. Why didn’t I? Perhaps because I too fell into a common feeling with poverty - fear. I think that because we don’t fully understand poverty, we fear it (again, myself included). What was I afraid of? Maybe she would have asked me for more.