I ask this because, today I had planned to go out with a girl that I really liked. (Date? I dunno), but anyway...we were going to meet at this book store that she works at. We knew each other from there, as I used to work there also.
When I got there, she hadnt arrived yet, so I started to talking to former coworkers about how their day was going.
They were aggrivated and sour over this homeless woman who had come into the store earlier in the day and was there for several hours. This woman was still there when I arrived.
Apparently, she was riding along with someone from the Homeless shelter when they stopped at the book store. The driver told the woman to go look at magazines while she looked for a book.
Long story short, the driver left the woman at the book store. The shelter was about an hour away. The homeless woman cried and cried to the booksellers and to the customers. She tried calling the homeless shelter for a ride, because if she didnt make it back by a certain time, the shelter would give away her bed. Nobody would give her a ride. She begged customers and coworkers but nobody would help her.
I skipped my date and drove the woman back to the shelter, where (I hope) she got her bed and everything turned out fine. I dont know this because when I dropped her off at the shelter, she went inside and thats all I saw. Before she left my car though I gave her my hooded sweatshirt and $30 (All I had).
I just dont get it. I read one of Buddha's quotes that read "Joyously participate in the sorrows of others." I dont quite understand this completely. I get it somewhat, but even after helping the woman, I didnt feel all that joyous. Especially after talking to her about how she got into this situation.
I wanted to do more for her, but I couldnt bring myself to take her to my house because the potential danger to my family. (After all, I dont know this person, nor what she is really capable of).
Is this way of thinking as incorrect as those who didnt do anything at all to help her?
I dont know. I'm just venting. :-/