Shelter Me From The Rain

The Shelter

A dream shelter? For a moment, I thought it was my dream shelter as our boat passed this amazing “Greek” inspired structure over looking a view that can take anyone’s breath away. Then I remembered those who barely have any roof above their heads. At that moment, I stopped dreaming.

A shelter is a place where we find refuge from the rain, to feel safe, to find comfort, to rest and rejuvenate. There are some shelters that are transient and fleeting, while others are almost forever. Others gives us happy memories among friends and family, others pain and sad goodbyes. Some a combination of both. Some shelters we called “home.” Others a trap we can’t wait to break free. Some shelters are unbelievably extravagant with an almost nauseating grandiosity while others simply have a transient roof of any structure where their tired feet took them.

Some shelters are simple but with a view of beauty and calmness. This is one of my dream shelters.

Others have a special memory of people we celebrated a beautiful life with. Of a place we called “Home,” because it is where love and happiness flowed generously.

A home that gave me a warm and loving welcome.

Some shelter we can just relax, unwind, drift and dream.

Some people find shelter where their weary and tired feet will take them. Some of these can’t hardly protect them from the cold and rain.

Every day, on my way to the wet market with my mom, I would see this man sitting on the same spot, rain or shine. In a way,this is his shelter or part of the many shelters his tired feet took him. Looking at him, I felt sad. Why can’t everyone have at least the basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter. Aren’t we all deserving of these?

Thanks for sharing my Weekly Sunday Post called “Shelter.” May it brought you a sense of comfort today as much as it did to mine. Have a blessed day to all.

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About Island Traveler

A father, a husband, a son, a brother, a friend, a traveler, an optimist hoping to create something good & meaningful to every person he shares his world, his home, his dreams, his hope & heart with.
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59 Responses to Shelter Me From The Rain

  1. FeyGirl says:

    Lovely post, thanks so much for sharing… And I agree; ALL of us on this planet (human and otherwise) deserve this basic necessity. β™₯

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  2. Stepping My Way to Bliss says:

    Wonderful post…very uplifting. ~~Bliss

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  3. We have a responsibility in our society to ensure the basic of needs with which many of us are blessed. How ironic the message above the partially clothed man. Although the majority of images are uplifting, your strategic last image is like a question begging to be answered.

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    • The last image was something I won’t forget too. It’s a reminder that we all need to share more while at the same time try to live simple lives so others could simply live. Thanks for sharing Georgette.

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  4. misswhiplash says:

    You certainly have a magical way with words… For some shelter is the luxury of all luxuries yet for others it is a cardboard box underneath a bridge. No matter where your shelter is ,,if you have The Lord with you then you have shelter from all the harms and storms of life…Bless You my friend xxxxxx

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    • Thank you my friend. I agree, “No matter where your shelter is ,,if you have The Lord with you then you have shelter from all the harms and storms of life.” God bless you always…

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  5. Hi Island Traveler. As usual, your photos take me away. You write about a lot of the same things as I did in my post “Where Angels Weep”. http://walkingpapers.wordpress.com/2012/03/23/where-angels-weep/
    Like you, I ask the questions but don’t know the answer to such a huge, sad problem. Thanks for the journey today.
    Suzanne

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    • Thanks Suzanne. I don’t know the answer too. All I know is that I can try my best to do my part in whatever way I can. It may be a speck of dust as compared to the huge problem but if we all contribute, soon enough, it may change significantly for others who needs them the most.

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  6. siggiofmaine says:

    Thank you for your thought provoking post. Much to think about. Well written.
    Lovely photos.
    Peace,
    Siggi in Downeast Maine

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    • Thanks Siggi. When I was in the Philippines, I would be quiet for a moment , every time I see images that reminds me of poverty. They were all emotionally moving that I can’t help but ask myself, “what can you do about it?”

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  7. thirdeyemom says:

    As always another beautiful post that of fours resonated with me. I agree that everyone deserves the basic human right of a shelter. Some in his world have so much. Too much. While so many have nothing. Brilliant post!

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    • Thank you. Until now, I can’t understand why there’s so much inequality and maldistribution in the World. Perhaps it’s a test of how much we are willing to help and strive to make a difference.

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  8. wolke205 says:

    Awwwww πŸ™‚ I like the photos & your words always touch my heart. Please cross your fingers for us the next days – we might get a lil puppy from an animal shelter in Hungary..This lil cutie deserves a good home after having a sad sad sad start in his life πŸ™‚

    Take care, hugs πŸ™‚

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    • I believe the little puppy will be yours. He will have a great time playing outdoors with the horses and other farm animals during the day, and a warm, happy comfortable home at night. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. munchow says:

    The contrast between the first and the last picture is stunning – and so much the reality of the world we live in. Your thoughts about the dream shelter says it all, you have a very warm heart. So many people don’t have basic shelter nor their basic needs met. I feel it’s a shame for any society that it can’t take care of its own people, particularly in the rich part of the world. As always your pictures are excellent.

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    • Thanks Munchow. It pains me to see the extreme poverty and the society’s indifference to human suffering. Just because it is so prevalent doesn’t mean it’s right. I felt that there was a need to speak on behalf of the many unheard voices. It may not be much but I hope the fire of change continues .

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  10. Sunshine says:

    Thank you for sharing and reminding us about the gifts we are given, both in basic needs and special privileges. I agree with Munchow, your images and words always are excellent! πŸ™‚

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  11. fgassette says:

    Your photos are so vivid and inspiring. I always knew you were a great photographer but now I know for sure you are a great writer as well. Thanks for sharing your shelter.

    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

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    • I never knew that I could write or blog for that matter but I guess when you are passionate on something, everything flows in the right direction. The mind follows what the heart feels. Thank you for sharing.

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  12. Sonel says:

    Such beautiful photo’s once again IT and a stunning post. Great entry my friend. πŸ™‚
    *hugs*

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  13. jakesprinter says:

    Great post my friend excellent work πŸ™‚

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  14. amira says:

    Nice shelters πŸ™‚ the first one is just ravishingly good πŸ™‚
    such greenery…

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  15. Judy says:

    You have such a way with photos that make us think. Thank you for this post. Not all people are fortunate to even have a roof over their heads; we must be grateful for what we do have. Hopefully, in the last photo… this is his choice; I hope someone has at least tried to encourage him to go to a shelter for homeless people. He actually reminds me of a modern day Christ. His hair, the thinness of his form, the way he is sitting. I was rather shocked when I first saw it…..the Christ-like appearance was my first thought. Excellent photos as always…. (thanks for the ping back too)

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    • Christ does walks among us. I just hope that we acknowledge his presence when it happens. Remember those words, “I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no water to quench my thirst, I was cold and you never offered a clothing to keep me warm, I was a prisoner and your never visited, I was homeless and you never offered a roof above my head?” They were divine words in the Bible that most of us have long forgotten. It’s time for us to wake up and today is that day. God bless you and your family. Thanks.

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  16. All inspiring, in one way or another. Thank you for sharing your photos and your words.
    Peace. G.

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    • Thank you. It was a humbling and inspiring experience to see in person these images. I know that some would probably turn the other way and avoid but you can’t ignore your heart when it starts to care.

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  17. Gilly Gee says:

    I agree with you, it’s hideous that some can afford such obscene luxury while others are cold, wet and hungry. A touching post.

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    • Thanks Gilly Gee. I agree with every word that your wrote. I feel sick when I see others flaunt their riches, when just a few steps a way, a neighbor could hardly eat and has clothing so worn out from over use.

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  18. Sabina Brave says:

    We all deserve for having satisfied basic needs. To dream about something bigger. Alas many people dream about having enough food, and some shelter.

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  19. dearrosie says:

    As you point out shelter is a basic necessity and it’s good to be reminded that not everyone on this world of ours has a roof over their heads. I love the way you start with the photo of the luxurious mansion with a view “to die for” and end with the man sitting on the sidewalk.

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    • Thanks Dearrosie. I was actually surprised too as to how it ended. I was just browsing through my stored photos and clicking what I liked. The words came about as an inspiration from the last image. It also brought me a lot of memories of similar scenes in the past. It was a huge eye opener for me.

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  20. Colline says:

    Love your dream shelter – looks so calm and relaxing. Definitely a shelter I would like to own too πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks Colline. Best part of the dream shelter is that it’s not expensive. We just need a beach front property in a non-tourist location. This is the great thing about the Philippines. There’s a lot of beaches for way less. In America, you need to be really rich to buy a water view property.

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  21. Freedomborn says:

    Thanks for the continuing journey,island traveller, great pictures ,and shelter , like that song we sing .”you give me shelter and no matter what life may bring n there`s peace in my heart ,cause you`re my God.” He is the only one to provide shelter for us that protects us from everything.

    blessings
    Ron

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    • He is Ron. He is our ultimate shelter, provider, protector, Saviour. When everything fails, he is still there to pick us up. Thank for today’s inspiration. God bless you and Anne always.

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  22. Fergiemoto says:

    Extreme contrast in the last photo versus the first photo. Powerful.

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    • The second time I saw the man sitting of the same spot, just wearing a worn out pants with a plastic bag beside him, I felt a tremendous urge to speak on his behalf. I hope to tell the world that people like him exist. That they are so real. That their isolation , fears and human suffering are real. It’s so easy to ignore or pretend that they don’t exist so we became less affected by it. But I thing its wrong. Somehow, we need to try our best to help people like him in anyway we can.

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    • The second time I saw the man sitting of the same spot, just wearing a worn out pants with a plastic bag beside him, I felt a tremendous urge to speak on his behalf. I hope to tell the world that people like him exist. That they are so real. That their isolation , fears and human suffering are real. It’s so easy to ignore or pretend that they don’t exist so we became less affected by it. But I thing its wrong. Somehow, we need to try our best to help people like him in anyway we can.

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  23. MikeP says:

    Isn’t that the truth… we take many thing for granted. I am reminded each month as I head into the city and see what is around and feel a little of what others go through… my told me “there but for the grace of god” and I totally believe that.

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  24. eof737 says:

    Gorgeous pictures… yes, we all need sheltering especially in these hard times. πŸ˜‰

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  25. jhirzel88 says:

    When you thought of the word “shelter”, you really expressed all your emotions into it. I can tell that you wanted to try to be as descriptive as possible. This is something that I need to work on with my blogs. I never said I wasn’t descriptive, because I usually am when I am really not.

    That picture states a lot, but I feel that man has hope. Think of it this way, there is always programs out there that can help him, but he doesn’t want to take initiative. My mom said that to me one day when she saw a homeless person carrying a picket sign.

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    • In a way, you are right. We have our choices. We have options. Unfortunately, third world countries don’t have much help and programs unlike in America where you have medicare, medicaid , shelters and all. Plus I think he also has mental illness and mental hospitals are scarce if non-existent in a lot of places. So in a way, this man is all relying on God’s generosity and from kind hearted strangers. Thank you.

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