Maybe it is because I grew up being a very sickly, disabled kid that no other kid liked (because I was “different”), but I was always a sensitive person who learned big words at a young age and knew the meaning of compassion- Today when I see a door that needs someone to open it, I simply walk over and open it for the man with the cane who is trying to carry his coffee and open the heavy, weighted door.
Many people go through life comparing themselves with others. Here is my advice on that: The moment you stop comparing what you do with other’s is the minute you will do what is right and not what is easy, and pave new pathways to better solutions.
Very simply put…
If you see a need, try and fill it.
If you see a wrong, do everything in your power to make it right, if you can.
If you know things could better for more than yourself about an issue that affects millions of people…if something was changed…as in medical insurance, the epidemic of homelessness I have seen in Orange County, CA, or doing something to create more jobs…do it!
On the way on the bus I met a man named Johnny who was out of work over a year. I asked him if he would be willing to try something new in a new industry, and he was receptive.
I heard that Panera Bread is hiring in all positions now and told him to apply for manager training or be trained as a master baker. He loved both ideas and is going there this week.
I know people in the food industry and I get around.
In a funny way I was Johnny’s Answered Prayer.
To become someone’s answered prayer you can’t walk around with your ear piece on pretending the homeless don’t exist and ignoring the poor disabled guy who for some God-forsaken reason is crippled from the war serving this great country of ours but has no home after he gave his life and permanently crippled from it!!
It is things like that which will annoy me until I see that I have peace of mind knowing I made grand efforts to change them to make things “the way they should be”!
Who can you help today that didn’t even ask for it?
What cause do you know by your actions can help more than yourself?
I hope this post makes you think in new and energizing ways.
If I did that, then it was worth writing it.
You will need to unplug your stupid ear piece from time to time and really listen to what is going on in the world around you, and the people in it.
You will have to look around, be perceptive, intuitive and look for things that don’t look right, and not be afraid to ask if thing’s are alright.
Can you remember when the last time you looked eye to eye with your husband, wife or partner and talked around the dining table…with no cell phones around?
Probably not for a long time, if you are like most families.
Unplug yourself and tune in to the sounds of a bird chirping, people talking and the world in general.
Maybe you will be someone’s Answered Prayer this week. It isn’t hard to do. It all begins with a “hello” and a genuine, simple “How are You”?
Paulette Le Pore Motzko
Copyright August 26th, 2013