Uptown there are “left behind” step that used to herald the entrance of a long-gone business. The overgrown lot has been vacant for years, except for the eight broken concrete steps.
A few months ago, I started noticing homeless men sitting on the steps. The shade trees on either side of the steps provided a respite from the summer sun and made a neat spot for the men to congregate and talk.
Lately, I began to think of those steps in a different way --- they are the steps to nowhere. These men must feel their lives are going nowhere too with life tossing them out on the streets. The steps might be comfortable for now, but maybe they should find another perch or a more helpful sanctuary. There are places within a few blocks that offer ways of providing what they might need instead of resting at this weigh station on the road of life.
How many of us have missed opportunities by sitting on steps to nowhere?