Why You Should Feel Gratitude For Having a Home

If you follow my Instagram you might be aware of how the whole of Scotland has been driven crazy by the snow (we have around 20-30cm of it in Glasgow). The public transport closed, most jobs and schools were closed and people stayed at home after stocking up on food as though expecting a zombie apocalypse. I’ve seen people happily spending time outside building snowmen with their family and friends like it was the whitest Christmas. Maybe we have been blessed with another few days to spend quality time with our loved ones. And that is the mindset that I’ve had for the past couple days. I’ve only mastered up to do the bare minimum of work a day as the rest I’ve spent cuddling with the cats and enjoying the rare extra time that I get with my fiance.

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Whilst I’ve been cosied up in my house in the warm, with food and comfort, every now and again I get a pinch of guilt and gratitude. During this cold time, I’ve seen posts about people and animals freezing to death outside. How lucky we are to have a home and the means to provide for us, and what will happen to those who live on the streets? My anxiety grew stronger when I realised that I have no idea how to help homeless in the local area. There is some information online, however, I still find it too limited to how big the problem is in the UK, there is estimated 68,000 women living roughly on the streets, in shelters or temporary homes alone, not counting the children and men as well.

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I feel cocooned in my little comfort bubble, but if nothing else I can find out what I can do on a regular basis or in emergency situations to help out homeless.

  • Check our Shelter, Crisis and Roundabout websites for advice
  • Donations to homeless charities (food, hygiene products, clothes, money and other stuff).
  • Check where your local homeless shelters are so that you can advice homeless where to go, or you could even find out what are the rights of homeless people and encourage them.
  • Talk to them, so they don’t feel socially isolated.
  • Arrange local places which are closed (such as schools, cafe’s etc.) to shelter homeless over the cold nights.

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It might be my Finish upbringing, but I feel that there is a problem with the way charities work. Although, I find it necessary at the moment, however, I believe they shouldn’t be necessary. If the government would accommodate enough financial support towards dealing with the problem at an early stage there would be less need for charities. Leah from Style Wise said it excellently:

Charity is only good now because it is necessary. But the world we should be working toward is one where people are far too important to ever be turned into charity cases, where we don’t get to feel good about giving.

There is a lot of support that is in place, however, people are not knowledgeable about it. Homelessness is seen as an embarrassment and people tend to withdraw, rather than ask for help.

Do you know what you would do if you suddenly became homeless?

I’ve heard people say that homelessness is a problem of drug addicts, however, that is a very superficial and ignorant way of looking at the problem. Often homelessness can occur due to being let go off work, difficult family relationships or numerous other reasons that we couldn’t even imagine. If the support is given at an early stage there could be financial savings for the state, as those supported would become productive members of the society more quickly and wouldn’t require the current structure of various levels of homeless shelters and building their lives up again. In Finland, homelessness is seen as a big problem which needs to be solved first before tackling other problems that might cause the homelessness, as “having a home can make solving health and social problems much easier”.

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I am happy that there are many people who want to help homeless people and many charities in place, however, I see that as a community it should stem from the government and their legislations. There should be more support available to people in need so that homelessness wouldn’t happen, and there should be more information available to young as well as older generation so they know where to turn to if they are hit with these problems. And it should be easier to access help such as benefits when faced with losing once home. What do you think?

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To finish this off, I will do my best to help homeless charities, especially for the wintery cold months, whilst acknowledging the need for systematic change. I wouldn’t know what I would do if I became homeless and even the thought scares me! Therefore I am feeling so much gratitude for having a warm home, food and healthy social life and I think you should too.

Do you have any additional advice on how to help homeless people or homelessness in general?

With love,

Lii

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Happy Favourites of the Week – Family and Home

Seeing our Godson – We did a trip to Finland again just a week ago. We have this adorable little baby godson who we wanted to see, as the last time I saw him was in April. He has grown so much and nearly walks already. It was such happiness seeing him again and playing with him. Food time seemed to be the favourite messing around time. The funniest was his surprise when his mother was able to eat in peace as we took turns feeding the little cutiepie!

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Seeing family – It was lovely seeing the family as well, and this time we actually managed to see people who we haven’t seen in nearly 2 years. It was so relaxing! Although, carrying suitcases home filled with presents from home was not fun… Especially after being rescheduled on flights several times.

Getting home – So when we finally got home, after being rescheduled on to 3 different flight and missing one due to a very delayed flight, I was happy to have two whole days at home to spend it with the cats and winding down from all the ‘excitement’ of travelling. When you are on the road there is nothing more than your dream of but your own home and your own bed!

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Sauna – We went to the sauna way too many times for one week! But they don’t have proper sauna’s in the UK, and you can’t even imagine how relaxing it is to take a proper sauna, sweat out all your toxins and take a cooling shower after which you feel relaxed the rest of the day! I really would’ve needed one after all the problems getting back home!

Euston Station Opening Doors For Homeless – I just read an article about how Euston station, in London, is opening their doors on Christmas for the homeless to provide them with a shelter and Christmas dinner. I think it is an absolutely amazing thing to do and more places should do this. Christmas is not only for giving to your loved ones, it is taking care of those less fortunate as well! Although, I think this shouldn’t be happening only on Christmas but whole year round!

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How was your week?

With love,

Lii

Is kindness out?

Two mothers are walking, side by side, down the pavement pushing their prams. They are taking up the whole width of the narrow street during the busy morning time, where people are trying to rush to catch their form of transportation. The mothers are walking slowly enjoying their morning conversation when one of them realises the busy people running past them through the street packed with cars barely avoiding being hit by them. She suggests to the other mother that they would walk behind each other and make some space for the busy people. The other mother doesn’t bother to look at her and comments “No! I can do whatever I want” and keeps walking side by side with her head held high.

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There is a little staircase in front of a small but popular retail centre. In front of it is a common sign, a man begging for money, so quietly most of the people don’t even notice him. A woman is walking towards the retail centre. She is dressed smartly in her grey skirt suit and black heels, hair is done neatly in a bob and she holds her head up, proudly. When she is about to step up the little stairs she hears the man asking “do you have some change”. She turns on her heels and yells at the man. “Where is my money? Give me my money! Give me some money!” And it continues. The woman yells at the man loudly with aggression, the people around the area turn around intrigued by what is all the noise about and the man curls into his shell wondering what happened, embarrassed and scared by the woman’s behaviour.

A young lady has posted a youtube video about why she stopped eating vegan food and has incorporated some animal products into her diet again. She explains well the basis of her change of behaviour and tries to promote eating fewer animal products, but at the same time keeping healthy and listening to your own body when it comes to food and wellbeing. The comment section of her post is full of comments, mostly by vegan attacking her and each other. The comments are rude, there are threats and claims of everybody being ignorant except the people themselves who think and behave a certain way.

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Yes, I have witnessed all of these happening in real life and these are just examples that have left a red mark in my brain. I was ashamed for the human raise when I saw this and it left me sad for the rest of the day. How must the people who were involved in these situations feel? Why do people want to attack others? Why do people want to hurt other people’s feelings? And why are people so ignorant?Our society and culture

Our society and culture cherish people’s individuality. We are told that we can do whatever we want and we can be whatever we want. But does this behaviour exclude being polite, being kind and acknowledging other people and their differences? Does this wanting and being justify being rude and ignorant? When we strive to be the best we can be, do people not want to be also the friendliest and kindest, or is that considered a weakness?

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I have noticed many challenges in today’s society from poverty to climate change, however not great solutions on trying to work on things together. People are much more likely to push their own agenda’s and opinions down other people’s throats rather than try to understand why other people have a different opinion on the topic. We do not seem to have enough time to really understand the underlying issues in why people behave a certain way, it is much easier to just say it is wrong. Shame them and scare them, until all we have is a group of bitter people who fight with each other.

True ignorance is when you don’t consider things from different perspectives When you are not open enough to consider different views from yours and when you only drive your own agenda.

We are all so busy in our lives that we forget that other people are important as well. Other people have gifts and by empowering other people we might gain something wonderful! The person you might have been rude to or ignored on the street or in the bus might be your doctor, or your plumber or your child’s teacher. You might not remember that person afterwards, but don’t you usually remember people who have been rude to you? Our actions no matter how small can have a huge affect on things. If we all did whatever we wanted, what would the world be like? If we all only thought about our own agenda?

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What could the world be like if we were all considerate, kind, forgiving and friendly to one another. We might learn something new, we might get new friends and acquaintances, we might make the world a better place by working together and empowering one another. There has been a lot of talk about how women should empower other women. But the most important thing, in my opinion, is that we should all be empowering each other. Not just the women, but men and children alike. Can you imagine the world like this?

 

With love,

Lii