A Lift That Gave Me Joy
--by JeanneHo, posted Nov 25, 2009
Last fall, before Thanksgiving, I was making my way in my car out of the shopping center parking lot. I was all alone in the car. I noticed a woman laden with bags and her two boys, one carrying a pumpkin and the other another bag.
I assumed that they were headed to the bus stop across the major road, since it was too far to walk with all those purchases to any of the nearby apartment communities. On a random impulse, I rolled down my window and asked if they were indeed headed to the bus stop. “Yes,” the mother responded. I asked "Would you like a ride?" "Oh yes!” was their excited reaction.
I was delighted, and, after manoeuvering over to the side out of the way of other traffic, I stopped and the boys piled into the back seat. The mother started to push in beside them. I stopped her by saying, “Oh, you come on up here by me. I’m not a taxi!” So off we went.
Right away, I decided to take them the mile and a half to their home, since I had time and they had all those bundles. The boys chattered away telling me about themselves, and I had just a fine time listening and talking with all of them. It felt so good to be able to do this little trip and know that with such a small effort I could make a big difference to a tired mother. I’m not sure who got the most out of it.
Incidentally, this was special for me because, as a handicapped person, I’m often on the receiving end of help and now know how especially good it feels to be useful.
Thats a great act of kindness. True, helping others gives one a sense of satisfaction and happiness. I wish it was possible to do such an act, giving a person in need a ride, in every society. Here in kenya, it has turned out to be risky to do so-'the people in need' often turn out to be kidnappers or robbers; your kindness turns out sour. Its very disheartening because you can only help some one who you know or trust. Kindness is however supposed to be random, is that not so?
Nature gives us an opportunity to make others happy but we usually miss that.
You realized the difficulty the mother and her daughter were experiencing in walking with luggage and so you offered them to come in and sit in your vehicle. They readily accepted your request.
If one is interested in helping others he can always find the ways to do that.
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