One thing I can honestly say I learned from both my parents was to always help others whenever you can. I have this huge bleeding heart because of that. I learned from example, not just words. Both my mom and dad always helped even strangers. Even now, with Daddy gone, my mother continues to give her last for anyone. I strived to teach my kids to do the same. I hope I was successful.
The world is a much different place than it was when I was young or even when my children were kids. Because of social media, crime is at the forefront, and people are afraid. Regardless of whether the focus is police brutality, school shootings, church shootings, or parents murdering their innocent babies, people shy away from the idea of being a good Samaritan out of fear.
We used to hear of frequent instances from the “pay it forward” movement, but even those stories have dwindled in number. A little of my faith in humanity was restored earlier this month as I stood in the grocery store line of a new, frustrated cashier having to put items back because I overspent and she was confused. A complete stranger tapped me on the shoulder and covered the cost of the rest of my groceries. I tried to decline, but she shoved it into my hand and told me to do the same for someone else if given the chance. I wish more people had the faith of that woman. As she walked away she said we have to take care of one another as God wants us to. How true. We need to be kinder and more caring. It seems though, the majority’s mindset is every man for himself. And that’s sad. I see it every day in my own house.
Unfortunately, I have been without a vehicle for over a year. I know that’s tough on everybody, not just me. But lately, it’s gotten me a little down because I could get a stranger to take me somewhere before my own family/friends. I must admit I have a small circle of friends that is getting smaller. I find it difficult to fit into other people’s lives and therefore don’t trust them enough to fit them into mine. There’s no “pay it forward” or knight in shining armor. I must have used up all my save the day points without knowing it, right.
The good thing is I know that no one owes me anything, so it’s easier for me to just find a permanent solution to my transportation problem. I know as long as I remain kind, give when I can, and always pay it forward when I see someone in need, that my prayers will be answered. My point to this post is to never let your disappointment in what others don’t do for you, stop you from doing for them or anyone else.
The way to your continued blessings is to overlook the ugliness of this world and not conform to it. People are going to be mean, disrespectful, uncooperative, and hateful but more will be kind, loving, good, and civil. Chose your circle accordingly. There’s a good Samaritan tucked away inside of all of us. Some walk in their purpose and others walk away from it. Be kind to either because you never know what someone else is going through.
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