You can change someone’s life for the good so very easily.
Today on my regular commute route to college, I found myself stopping off at a Gregg’s and buying a chicken lattice. As I strolled leisurely up the hill towards the top of town enjoying my (somewhat disappointingly luke-warm) meaty breakfast I remember thinking to myself that today was going to be one of those days again, one of those days where everything goes bad or is otherwise just an annoyance.
when I reached the top of the hill I put the wrapper of my breakfast in the bin after finishing the last bite and continued to walk through a roofed back ally come public pathway where my eyes met with those of a homeless man, sat on the floor in the only dry spot. I’d seen him there before and had also seen him being grieved by people younger than myself from afar as well as hearing story’s from the people themselves that they got him food, spat on it and then gave it to him for ‘fun’ (story’s to which I replied with a disgraced look on my face). On a day as cold as this even under four layers I was cold, it was obvious he too was cold. As I walked past he looked up and asked “sorry… Have you got any spare change?” With sympathy in my heart I reached into my wallet and pulled out a few silvers at first and placed them in his hand, doing so I realized just how cold he was. his hands were like ice; I reached back into my wallet and pulled out a two-pound coin, putting it with the other change is in his hand, saying “Get yourself a pair of gloves… It’s far too cold out here to not be wearing any” (had I been wearing any gloves I’d of given them to him). A smile grew on his face as he said thank you.
we both coughed at the same time, I’ve had the flu for a while now and after talking for a bit he said he was feeling a little under the weather too, that his throat was sore and he was congested. Feeling for him as I did I reached into my pocket and gave him two lemsip capsules (medication for flu and colds) that I happened to be carrying with me and said “After you get the gloves, get a drink and take these with it. it’ll stop the congestion for at least a while…” by this time I needed to head off to college to avoid being late, I went to carry on walking as he sat there looking into his hands at the change and the flu tablets. he smiled once again, looked up at me and said “Thank you… so much”, all I could reply was “no worries” and headed off for college once more.
All day all I could think about was that man, if he’d be ok, safe, warm, where he would sleep that night. I never even asked his name but I still felt good knowing I had at least helped. The point I’m making is this: It’s easy to do good for someone. all it takes is a little heart to help someone who’s down. we’d all want them to do it for us if we were in their position and vice versa.
They don’t have to be homeless. just help someone this week, the reward you get from a good deed is better than any other in my opinion.