I am simply here to remind everyone to please have compassion for others. While hearing about the struggles that certain government employees were going through amidst the shutdown, several people opened up their hearts and their wallets. There has been an outpouring of support to help individuals who were innocent victims in this whole situation. Unfortunately, there was also a lot of judgement and negativity. People were making statements like, “Well, why didn’t they have money saved up?” Or “They are loosing everything in less than a month?”. The worst one of all, “Whomever voted for this president deserves what happens to them!” Sorry, we can’t predict the future.
While I 100% agree that people need to prepare as best they can for unforeseen situations in life and that people need to be held accountable for their decisions, I also want people to consider a few things. We often don’t know what a person is dealing with. They or someone they love may have a severe medical condition. They have have just started their jobs and are working on creating some savings for themselves. They may have been laid off and started a new job once more. There may be extenuating circumstances we are unaware of. For the people who are in their position due to poor life decisions, this can be a wonderful opportunity for a true learning experience. They can learn from the mistakes they made and are realizing now to help improve decision making skills in the future. We can also do our part to help them get back on their feet and help them restart their life. If you don’t have the resources or desire to do so, at least consider all aspects of their story.
My my point is that we can hold people accountable in life, while still showing compassion.