Thursday, September 24, 2009

A Helping Hand...

Everyone needs a helping hand sometimes. Were you grateful when someone helped you? I've had lots of helping hands in my life. What about you? Of course you should thank the helping hand, but should you go further? If your helping hand helped you become part of a community, shouldn't you respond by helping someone else? Have you ever been short on money or needed a ride because your car wasn't working? You can do your part by helping someone in need. If you start doing things for others, be it inviting them to lunch, giving a kid enough money to have a soda when all of his friends have a soda, talking to a homeless person and finding out what his story is. You can do it! You may feel uncomfortable or funny at first, but you can be proud of yourself No one needs to know what you did. Keep it as your secret. Step out of your comfort zone and help someone in some small way every day.

Do you remember after 911? People said hello and stopped to talk and they really listened. People offered to help each other and to help strangers. I remember thinking that I couldn't believe how many people held doors open for me. It was so different than before 911. So I challenge you to help meet some one's needs for the next seven days. You can tell me what you did, but it's the internal reward that counts.

My goal is to make a lady, in my subdivision who never smiles, to smile. In the past week I've gotten her to wave at me each day. Hopefully in the next seven days I'll get her to smile back at me. It's a tiny thing, but it counts.

What are you going to do? How are you going to make the world a happier place?


  1. I do remember 911. Things were so different after that. People felt connected as Americans, instead of divided by our various differences: Republican, Democrat, Libritarian--it didn't matter because we were all Americans. Funny how a crisis will do that. It's back to the old normal now, but it's good to know that America still has the ability to come together when it counts.

    I don't know what I'm going to do yet, but thanks for the inspiration!

  2. You said it so much better than I did, Amy. :) It can be as simple as a smile or opening a door for a stranger. Have a great weekend.