I’ve been reading and watching news on Haiti. So impressed with how the World is rallying for this little island country. Rwanda sent $100,000! Isn’t Rwanda really poor? Isn’t that like getting 50 cents from someone who only has a dollar? It is heartwarming to watch the people of the world take on the tragedies of strangers.
Some folks go through life as though the world owes them more. Most are extremely grateful and tend to give back. Giving is interesting; it doesn’t seem to have anything to do with spiritual or political tendencies, or income. It is an inclination. This mind set exists all over the world and when tapped, achieves wonderous results. Can this wonder be learned?
If my life so far can be considered a survey, my conclusion is caring can’t be taught. The joy of caring can only be experienced. You walk through a grocery store and see someone with too many items in their arms — they drop something — do you pick it up for them or do you walk on thinking “why didn’t they grab a cart?”. You see a Mom taking a photograph of her husband and baby — do you stop and offer to take a picture of the three of them together or do you just keep walking, not wanting to break your stride or step outside your box?
Merging traffic can be a beautiful example of strangers caring about strangers and everyone doing the right thing. Often, it isn’t such a beautiful thing, don’t be the reason why.