The day I had been dreading finally came, for one reason only, I don’t like public speaking. It was finally my group’s turn to facilitate. After weeks of trying to make sense of the topic, put our own spin on it, some of those ended in arguments, we finally thought we had something worth presenting to the rest of the class.
The journey of getting to that point was an eye opener for me in more ways than one. Everything that we learned through research about homelessness had me secretly admitting to my own prejudices. Listening to Nomonde share her personal experience about being on the street I felt ashamed. Ashamed that I was no different from the people that turned her away whenever she tried to use a decent bathroom. Ashamed that I too do not see the homeless even though they are everywhere. Ashamed that when I do see them at the traffic light I make sure all my car doors are locked and windows closed. I do not stop to think that falling on hard times can happen to anyone. Even me.
“Empathy is about standing in someone’s shoes, feeling with his or her heart, seeing with his or her eyes. Not only is empathy hard to outsource and automate, but it makes the world a better place” Daniel H. Pink