A Nigerian man based in the United States has shared a heartrending story of a homeless man he met at a truck stop in the country.
He revealed that he had met the man at a restaurant, gave him some money and decided to ask him how he became homeless.
Sharing the story in a thread of tweets via his Twitter handle @animolenikun, he said the man narrated how his act of ‘showing love’ and prioritising the welfare of other people above his drained him and sent him to the streets without a home.
“I seen (sic) a homeless guy at popeyes in the TA Truck Stop and I gave him some loose ones in my pocket and he said “thank you”, so I asked him “how did you get to this point?”
“He looked up, smiled and said “SHOWING LOVE” I asked… “what do you mean?”…he said I went through my whole life making sure everyone else was ok no matter what was going right or wrong in my life I did for others. I never wanted to see others go without.
“I asked, “do you regret it?” He said no, it just hurt me to my soul that the very people I gave the shirt off my back to wouldn’t give me a sleeve off that same shirt when I was in need. He said “its better to build your own house and invite someone in for shelter, than to hand them your bricks while you building yours.
“Cause if you keep handing them bricks from the house that you suppose to be building for you, you will turn around 1 day and that spot where you have planned to build your house will be an empty lot, then you are the one that’s looking for bricks.”
See his tweet:
I seen a homeless guy at popeyes in the TA Truck Stop and I gave him some loose ones in my pocket..and he said “thank you”…so I asked him..”how did you get to this point?”..he looked up, smiled and said “SHOWING LOVE”…I asked… “what do you mean?”…he said I pic.twitter.com/00etFN46jF
— olúwo jọ̀gbọ̀dọ́ ọ̀rúnmìlà (@animolenikun) November 24, 2019