| Inspiration | Call to Action | Making a Difference | Helping Others | – By Trevlyn Ainsworth
We cannot help everyone all of the time, but we can certainly help somebody every day. This thought has been rolling around in my mind for some time now, and was wondering what sort of things I could do to make any sort of a difference in a person’s life?
No sooner had I pondered this thought, and finally decided to take some sort of action (although I hadn’t yet pin-pointed exactly what I was going to do just yet, I knew that I was definitely going to do something) and the universe delivered.
I was shopping at the local store and saw a man, clearly off the street, walking with his trolley up and down the aisles. There was nothing in the trolley, and he may have either had no money to purchase anything, or he was coming in to get out of the cold winter air, or quite possibly, both.
I carried on collecting my various items, and marking off the list as I went along, and was soon headed for the checkout. The man was still meandering. I looked about me, and although all the shoppers clearly saw this man, none made any eye contact. As I turned my trolley towards the till point, I was privileged to witness a beautiful gesture of human kindness.
A young woman slowly pushed her trolley alongside the man’s and said quietly “excuse me Sir, you dropped this” and handed him a R100 note, and then casually walked along, not making a fuss or expecting any recognition from anyone. She didn’t turn back to witness the giant smile on this man’s face, nor the tear rolling down his weathered cheek. Admittedly, I had a tear rolling down my cheek too at this point.
Wow, I thought.
Every day is an opportunity to effect a positive change in this world and who knows how far along the ripples of one seemingly small act will flow outwards and have a knock-on, domino effect on others.
The world can be both a safe place for some, and just as easily a hostile and scary place for others less fortunate. It just depends on which side of the looking glass you are currently blessed, or cursed, to have your viewpoint from. Winter is now upon us, and as some of us are getting excited to feel the warmth of the fireplace, and the comfort of a warm bed, winter is also a time that brings about fear and pain for many, where some of us may have nowhere warm to sleep, and don’t know where their next meal is coming from, if at all.
When discussing this thought with a friend of mine, he and his wife decided that very afternoon to make up a large pot of stew, buy some bread rolls, and drive around to bridges, parks, and places where there may be some hungry people in need of a warm meal.
These two random acts of kindness have really brought home to me the realization that we don’t need to wait around for a “go-ahead” from a charity or foundation or religious holiday to spur us into doing something good and kind for others. Each breath that we take is a gift, and a gentle reminder that we have the chance, and ability, to do some good in this world.
From keeping calmer in the traffic as the elderly driver takes his time pulling off at the green light; engaging the cashier at a toll booth and breaking the monotony of their day; taking old blankets or toys to animal shelters; children’s clothes to orphanages; brick ‘n brack to Hospice or Salvation army….the possibilities are endless when you start thinking of ways to make a difference – even more so when you let your creativity flow…