Do You “Really” Want to Help?

by Frank

Would you consider yourself a giving person?

If you had just what someone needed to survive would you share it?

Are you willing to put the needs of others before your own?

Now really think about this because I will challenge your beliefs.

This winter we have been hit with some severe weather. It started with a dangerous, city crippling ice storm only to be followed by a vicious snow storm. During these challenging times I saw some things I am not proud of. In the midst of the chaos I was able to see peoples’ true colors.

HARSH REALITY

As people slid dangerously on the ice covered roads I saw careless drivers blow their horns and violently cut around stuck and shaken up motorists. In stores I witnessed people selfishly grab the bulk of food supplies and rudely joke about selling them to make a profit. I observed people slipping and falling with a force strong enough to break bones as others viewed peoples’ pain as a source of entertainment. There were neighborhoods where a few homes had driveways shoveled and salted while others, who couldn’t buy shovels due to lack of equipment in stores, were forced to navigate treacherous terrain. On top of that my heart was pained to see children standing at the bus stop in the freezing cold with no hats or gloves.

Then I remembered all of the people that vowed that they would make a difference. They were nowhere to be found.

THE CHANGE WE DESPERATELY NEED

Today I write with a heavy heart. From what I witnessed it seems like the world is only interested in what’s best for them. A person in the midst of chaos generally transitions into survival mode and survival mode is selfish. It becomes all about me when it should be all about us.

My purpose in life is to make the world a little bit better than it was before I got here. I actually want to help people, not just say it.  I believe a valid contribution requires more than just a donation to a large organization that says they make a difference. To actually help people requires you to do something, not just make a public statement while others are looking at you. The biggest difference you can make is to the lives of the people who are in your very community.

HERE’S HOW I STARTED

I helped the stuck motorist.
I brushed the snow off of my neighbor’s car.
I shoveled the snow for my elderly neighbors and pulled their car around when they left out of the house.
I put down salt on frequently traveled paths.

I actually helped. I challenge you to do the same.

HERES’ WHERE YOU CAN START

1. Volunteer
2. Fill a need for the people in your community.
3. Do at least one good deed daily.
4. Share the road
5. Invest directly in the people you see.

Your community needs you. The world needs you. I need you. So, I will ask you one last time.

Do you really want to help?

If you had to prove your answer with your actions what would you do? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Go change the world.