I usually don’t like to talk about myself, or the things I do because I feel like the reward is in doing a good deed, not looking for acknowledgement or praise from others. It was also how I was raised, to be humble and kind. But I think it is important to also remind others of the simple things that one can do to brighten someone else’s day, or to just be a good fellow human-being. People give beggars a bad rap. I admit, sometimes I don’t honestly know or believe that they aren’t looking for alcohol or drugs, but rather than giving them money, if that’s not your thing, consider buying them coffee and/or a meal. There was a homeless man near a Starbucks I study at. He was soaked from head-to-toe from the rain, and was rummaging through change he saved to buy a hot coffee. Rather than ignoring that man, or anyone in that similar situation, I chose to politely ask if I could buy him a coffee and a hot meal. He gladly accepted. It’s a simple, kind gesture.
Another simple act is helping hold the door for someone, or help load someone’s groceries in their car for them. Back in my hometown in SE Alaska, the grocery baggers will walk to a customer’s car and help load their groceries into their vehicle. Maybe it is something only small towns do, but I definitely think that it is still something that can be continued, regardless on where you live. I don’t think there is any shame in asking an older person or elderly person if they need help loading their groceries, especially if you see them slightly struggling, especially where items are sold in bulk, like at Costco or Sam’s Club. Don’t be afraid to walk up to a stranger, smile, and politely ask if they would like some help/assistance loading things into their vehicle. It’s a similar gesture, may only take a few minutes, and you might even get a little arm workout in!
It all boils down to the simple golden rule: ‘Do unto others as you would have done unto you.’ Treat others the way you would want to be treated. Treat others the way you would want your friends, family, and loved ones to be treated. I think that this resonates a lot with the medical profession; don’t dismiss a patient because they seem annoying or needy. What if that were your mother, aunt, uncle, or sibling? Take time to listen to the other person. Be present. Be in the moment. Stop worrying about all the millions of other things you need to get done in that day. Rather, stop and focus on the human being in front of you and what they have to say. We each have hopes and dreams, fears and complications. Sometimes we just need a few minutes for someone to offer a helping hand or lend an ear to listen.