John with Blankies and Towels For Animals
Homelessness in the High Desert? Coyotes, rattlesnakes, jack rabbits and more creatures here in the High Desert have homes. Educated human beings who are able to work build things and communicate with others in the High Desert, yet unlike animals, have no home. There are great people like John Breckenridge who is the coordinator for Blankies and Towel’s for Animals. They collect comfort items for homeless pets in Apple Valley, Victorville, and Hesperia in the High Desert area. Their phone number is 760-666-9519 and email, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you want more information about donations.
There are many folks like John that have a heart to help starving little animals. Yet we have High Desert homeless shelters for the needy. In California there are 656,129 homeless. Who’s counting? How do they do this? Someone walking in the woods shakes a bush and says, ” Hey! Anybody in there somewhere?” Okay, however it’s done, 656,129 homeless.
What are some of the reasons for Americans like you and I living in the streets? To start with, there are depressed wages, stagnant unemployment, unrelenting housing cost, the lagging pace of economic recovery, and mental illness, some due to alcohol and drugs. I can understand the situations of these people. I came close myself to becoming homeless. The people I don’t understand are the ones who decide to live on the streets when they have all the abilities to be successful. Here’s a perfect example: Paul got out of prison. He came to our halfway house, and the first night we had to help him kick heroin. At one time I was using heroin and believe me, it’s not a piece of cake. After a hell-hole night, Paul broke free, started going to church, got married, had two boys, owned his own business, drove a nice car, lived in a nice house, then one day he walked away from everything and became homeless. A friend of mine tried to talk Paul to come back but this is what Paul said: “Why go back when I have a place to sleep (under a tree)? I have food and clothes, so why go back? Paul died shortly after and how sad because when he was on top of the game, people liked him. He was great at helping others and fun to be with. What a waste of a life.
I will never know why Paul threw in the towel, gave up, and quit; but what I do know is when he stopped, he lost the best things in life, the ones who loved him. An old-time preacher once said,”Faith is like an airplane. When you stop, you drop.” Maybe Paul wanted out of the system. Let’s face it. When you’re in any system, it’s going to challenge you almost on a daily basis. You learn the system at childhood with your parents. It’s called submitting to authority. Later you may have to submit to a coach, teacher, police officer, employer, military officer, and spouse.
This Sunday is the NFL Super Bowl. Somebody had to submit to a coach, and look what happened. Super Bowl time!! Some people want to be the independent. Okay, that could be good if you live in the jungle, but the truth is you’re not swinging from any vine in the High Desert (and if you are please e-mail me). Guess what rebel dude, you don’t submit to authority and it could be you’re kicked out of the house, cut from a team, dropped from the class, arrested, fired from the job, given a dishonorable discharge, divorced. You’ll be sitting on a curb somewhere wondering where your next meal is coming from.
Bob Dylan wrote a song in 1979, “You’re Gonna Have to Serve Somebody.” When I think about High Desert Blogging, I have a choice to stay in the system or get out. If I choose to get out, then I’m at the mercy of the raw cruel world of being employed by someone who decides my income. High Desert Blogging is a system I choose to submit to because the more I work at it, the higher I’ll climb to reach my goal. So don’t stop like Paul, but keep posting blogs. Stay in the system. Remember the more you do, the more you’ll have.