One day I was at a stop light and saw a man with a sign asking for help. I didn’t have any money on me but looked around in the car for something that might make his life a little easier. I had a straw, cowboy hat in the back of the car and offered it to him to help keep the sun off of his face and out of his eyes.
He grinned really big, laughed and said, “Thank you, but I think it would look a lot better on you than it would on me.”
I hope he remembers that I acknowledged him and tried to give something to help. He at least may smile occasionally, knowing someone cared.
We all have helped someone who dropped something or had their hands full and couldn’t open their door. These are all perhaps minor activities of connecting with others but they may make a big difference in someone’s day or life. We are all part of the human family, regardless of our beliefs, culture, sex, religion or nationality.
We all have someone who loves us, cares for us, or just prays for us. (There are people who are praying for those who are suffering, confused, stressed out, sick, or afraid). I have found out there are people praying for others in sad situations, who are sick, or lost a loved one, without even directly knowing them.
Benjamin Franklin once penned:
“For the want of a nail the shoe was lost,
For the want of a shoe the horse was lost,
For the want of a horse the rider was lost,
For the want of a rider the battle was lost,
For the want of a battle the kingdom was lost,
And all for the want of a horseshoe-nail.”
Maybe all someone needs is for one moment to be recognized as being worthy of a smile, a nod, a hug, a comment, a compliment, or a kindness. Do what you can, where you are with whatever you can use. If all else fails, show that you care with a smile.
Be the nail that saved the shoe, that saved the horse, that saved the rider, that saved the battle, that won the kingdom. You matter!!