It’s crazy how many times I’ve heard money being called the root of all evil. I totally disagree. Money isn’t the problem, it’s people. Our greed and endless desires for money is what’s causing this so called “evil”. Money is a tool and like all tools it can used as a weapon, but I had the pleasure to experience money bring joy, love, and peace.
It wasn’t until after my conversation with Audre that I handed her every bill in my wallet. Instantly, an expression of gratitude rushed across her face. Her cheeks turned bright red and her eyes began to water. Our conversation was emotional enough and I didn’t have the strength to watch her cry. I quickly said my goodbyes, I shook her hand, stood to my feet, and then walked away. That moment was truly unforgettable, but it’s sad knowing that such a beautiful woman remains homeless.
Audre’s been living on the street for about 2 years now. As a result of her company downsizing, she lost her job as an accountant. Moving to Philadelphia was her only option, but finding a job in the city was harder than she expected. “I haven’t given up yet. I know things are tough right now, but I have faith in God. It’s because of this that I know my situation is only temporary,” said Audre. This is what I love most about Audre, her optimism. Most of us would drown in our own sorrow, but she laughs in the face of defeat. If only people could understand the true power of faith and positive thinking. Maybe then would we understand the role of leadership.