Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Judging a book by its cover

By Ralph To judge a book by its cover. We are all guilty of it. We may not realize it when we judge a book by its cover. It’s just part of our nature.

Judging a book by its cover

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Ralph from One Step Away.
Ralph from One Step Away.

By Ralph

To judge a book by its cover. We are all guilty of it. We may not realize it when we judge a book by its cover. It’s just part of our nature.

As a vendor with One Step Away, I found that people are very judgmental just based on a two-second glance. What is it that people notice in that first second of the glance? Some people who judge others at first glance are ignorant. Being a One Step Away vendor you are judged as a person with too much money or a person that is addicted to substances.

The clothes you wear. The cell phone you have. The happiness you show. Many people believe being homeless means you basically have nothing. “Ignorance.” If you work as hard as you possibly can, you can have everything you need to have at least a half-decent life. I thank my supporters for supporting my work with One Step Away and allowing me to get on my feet and to see a better life than what I’ve seen the past three years through my struggle with homelessness. I now am able to work toward goals I never thought possible.

I see progress and it keeps me working for the next goal. I thank all One Step Away supporters who take the time to listen to how and why I work hard to change the world around me.

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