This past Wednesday I had to take my daughter to a doctor’s appointment. The only other people in the waiting room were a little boy and two women who I assume were his mother and grandmother. While waiting I heard the grandmother on her cell phone asking the person on the other end for a little bit of money so that they could get something to eat. Apparently the person she was talking to was not able to help her and as she hung up the phone I could see the look of grief and despair in her eyes. I usually don’t carry any cash but I happened to have $12 in my purse so as we went back to our appointment I slipped it into her hand and wished her a Merry Christmas.
Why am I telling you this story? I wanted to demonstrate how (hopefully) I made a slight impact on a stranger’s life. Could I have used that $12? Yes. Could they have used it more? Most certainly.
I have thought about those people many times over the last few days. What was their story? Why were they at that doctor’s office? Was something wrong with the little boy? Were they able to get enough food to feed all three of them? Was I able to give them just a few moments joy over this holiday weekend?
In times of catastrophic events our country comes together in droves to help the displaced and the less fortunate. But in our day to day lives we tend to overlook those right in front of us who need just a little pick me up. When did we become a people paralyzed by cynicism and arrogance? We walk right past the homeless, the poor, the sick and forget their existence as soon they are out of our sight. We watch news stories about poor unfortunate souls and forget their names before the next commercial. When did we stop being Americans and become “us” and “they”? How sad.
I weep for our world. I fear for the world that our children and their children will inherit. I want my daughter to think first of others and their comfort before her own. I want her to know how blessed her life is and how there are many who are far less fortunate.
Over the next few weeks I would like to challenge everyone to do just one nice thing for someone. It doesn’t have to be someone you know, it could be a complete stranger. Do this good deed without thinking what you will get out of it. Think only about the benefit to the other person. Think only about their joy.
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