Helping Others: Do we do enough? Should we do more?
With natural Disasters like the tsunami in the Indian Ocean, the hurricane in Louisiana, and the earthquake Haiti, are we doing enough to help other people? In our daily lives we all seem to have our own natural disasters – does that prevent for helping others?
My take on this might be a bit different…I’m not sure. But please bear with me.
I know the topic seems to refer specifically to natural disasters and I guess in terms of how we help in these situations would be monetary or through food, shelter and the basic needs. I know countries as a whole try and do something in these cases…especially the more fortunate countries.
As far as individuals go, I guess not all of us do enough but as selfish as it may sound, despite having four walls and a roof over our heads, some of us may still have our own problems to deal with. We are all probably thinking about the next electricity bill or the next mortgage repayment and pretty much how to make ends meet for our own families…and this to and extent, prevents us from lending financial support to victims of these disasters. It doesn’t necessarily mean we don’t care.
I would however like to see human beings helping others not just in the time of natural disasters like these. And not necessarily through monetary means.
How many of us help an elderly lady cross the road?
Or help a mother with a baby in the pram get it off the train?
Or give up a seat on the bus or train for a pregnant woman? Or an elderly person?
Or hold the door open for someone who has too many things in their hand?
Or stop and help that person with a flat tyre or battery pulled over on the side of the road?
Or spend time listening to the troubles of a friend despite the chores waiting for us?
Or spare that dollar for a teenager that wants to use the payphone?
Or exchange a few words with the lonely gentleman at the checkout line?
Or take the time to show someone the way to get to a particular place?
Or smile at the person who looks like they are having a shit day?
So yeah, it would be great if we could all give money or food or aid to the victims of these natural disasters. But why just leave it at that?
Why can’t we strive to help people out every single day in a small way? A smile. A pat on the back. A helping hand. A shoulder to lean on.
I’m sure we will be making a difference even then.
Mind you, I’m not saying I do all of this…I try…but I too get caught up in my daily routine that I forget. But on the few occassions that I do it, or that someone else helps me out, I know just what a difference it can make.
It doesn’t cost much.
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