description of random act of kindness #8– noticing someone in distress, and taking the time to help them out.
it’s the tiniest acts of kindness that have the biggest impact.
so give a helping hand…don’t walk by blindly.
here i am in NYC, where there is constant construction it seems, and detours in and out of the buildings and stores…or just “stuff” in the way. i was at the gap store yesterday, returning some shorts i decided i didn’t need. at the register, im gazing off as the employee is making my return, and i see out of the corner of my eye a young woman, struggling with the door to get out of the store. she had a very large baby stroller, of course with a baby lying in it. this particular gap store is located right on the sidewalk, with a large step to get in and out of the entrance door…construction going on around it…not very convenient entrance or exit for a baby stroller (or a disabled person for that matter).
so rather than stand there and watch this poor woman struggle, or act as if i do not see whats happening, i chose to walk away from my transaction at the gap register, and take a second or two to help this poor woman with the door. “lets start over, i said to her. back up, and i will go outside and hold the door for you.” she was outside and on to her next destination with in seconds.
that was easy.
and the woman was grateful for the help. and i was happy to have assisted. why sit back and watch or ignore people around us who might need a little assistance? most people do just that…ignore it. can’t be bothered. they are in a hurry. too busy. etc. i’m guilty…i’ve ignored before. but it’s never too late to turn things around. and i hope that is what i am doing with my life now…
living in compassion for myself and others. being of service to you. staying out of my own head. out of my own way. living in gratitude…
being kind to my fellows.
and in doing so, staying sober, one day at a time….in kindness.