‘Do Unto Others,’ He Said

Yet all walked by, eyes cast down, afraid to get too close, as they walked obediently to steep themselves in prayer

Maria Rattray
3 min readSep 5, 2022


Homeless and needing your help
Photo by Steve Knutson on Unsplash

This will be a short story, just an extra opportunity to share this challenging story by Carol Burt.

It’s about homelessness.

It’s about caring.

It’s about judging.

It’s also about NOT judging.

It’s inspirational in that you will NEVER, if you have a conscience, judge another homeless person again.


The story touches a nerve because..

Right now, many in this world are suffering… cost of living increases, mortgage rate rises, HUGE rental increases, gas and electricity hikes, so that it’s difficult to make ends meet.

And certainly here in Australia, there’s a level of homelessness that in all my life, I have not witnessed.

There are homeless people who have always been renters, (through no fault of their own,) now out on the street, with their families because they could not meet a 30% rental hike.

These are everyday people, like you and me, who never in a month of Sundays would have seen themselves as becoming homeless.

But they are now!

Some sleep in their cars, some in tents, and others on the streets. A few lucky ones have been given rooms in old motels, which is not optimal, but better than nothing,

About homelessness

There’s an attitude about homeless people that prevails…one I want to crush right now.

  • That they’re lesser human beings
  • That they brought this on themselves
  • That they are not so clean as we are
  • And that they should have tried harder

That they should have tried harder

Try telling that to this mother who’s done with hope and at the end of her tether. Never once did she dream of becoming homeless. See bushfires have a habit of doing that to people. So do trees falling on your…



Maria Rattray

Writer, author, teacher, fun-loving poet. Trying valiantly to make the world a better place. Helping you to guide the future. Find me at: https://ponmyword.com