In an age of “hurry, hurry, hurry,” when helping others is often viewed with incredulity or met with scorn and even lawsuits, it is no surprise that many people simply ignore or avoid those in obvious need and go on with daily life.
A pregnant woman with four kids trying to make it from the store to her car. The driver of a stalled vehicle blocking the fast lane on Highway 101. A woman who is short a dollar at the checkout stand. No matter what the situation, the response by many is to move on without lending a hand.
That type of behavior may be prevalent in larger cities, where people find it hard to know their roommates let alone people they see on the streets, but in small communities such as ours it’s a shame.
In this county, we should constantly be on the lookout for others in need, and be quick to offer help. It doesn’t need to be monetary. Simply picking up an item dropped by the person walking in front of you and giving it back to them is a great start.
It’s called compassion. Little things will lead to bigger things and soon you’ll find that offering assistance – or even just a smile and a genuine “hello” to someone – can make a difference in that person’s life, and yours.
American author and historian Edward Everett Hale once said, “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.”