Stories of Kindness from Around the World

What Can I Do To Help?

--by brindlegirl, posted Feb 4, 2015
I helped a lady today. I saw her get up from where she was sitting and struggle to walk. She was heading towards the supermarket where I was with my trolley and my youngest son. Seeing her made me stop. It made me realise how grateful I am to have my mobility and health.

Seeing her struggle to walk I wanted to help but didn’t know how. What can I do? I thought. I had no idea, so I asked her. I went up to her and said ‘Can I help you in any way?. Her whole face lit up. Someone cared. She asked me if I could get her a trolley and bring it to her which I did and she was ever so grateful. Couldn’t stop thanking me.

I wanted to do more and would have done her whole shop for her if I could have. So all I could do was to tell her how many of us take our mobility and health for granted and don’t realise how good we have it until we see another who isn’t quite as fortunate. And I thanked her. Telling her it was the least I could do (get her trolley).

I walked away thinking about how many others would have seen her yet did nothing. I thought about the me a few years ago who would have done the exact same thing. Nothing! Why? I would have been too afraid to ask and offer help. Worried about what she would think or say and at the very bottom of it all, I would have thought she was capable on her own. But what I have learnt is that people want to be helped. People need to be helped and people appreciate being helped.  Stop and ask yourselves ‘what can I do to help?’….
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Readers Comments

HealingHeart wrote: That's a beautiful story. It brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing!
Clarissa wrote: This goes much farther than kindness, but i was impacted by what i saw. I was in the nail salon the other day and next to me was a young girl (probably 19 or 20) in a wheel chair connected to life support with an oxygen tube in her neck. She was strapped in so she wouldn't fall out of her chair, and her head was supported by a head rest. She couldn't talk, walk or react to her surroundings in any way. Her eyes were open, but expressionless.
Watching her mother care for her, talk to her, help her choose her nail color, wheel her around the salon as happy and cheery chatting with her emotionless daughter was for me an extremely humbling experience. I immediately thanked god for all of my blessings, and asked myself if i would be able to do what this extraordinary mother was doing for the love of her child.
drdeb wrote: Wow. Beautiful story. Thank you for sharing.
tiburon_island wrote: I love your story. There was a time in my life when i was not aware of the world around me. I am so grateful that my eyes are open. Here’s to you and i and a world of open eyes and love ~sandi~
bkanelewis wrote: Your story is wonderful, it is great that you took the time to help her. You are so right, those of us who have full mobility have much to be grateful for. Thank you for taking time to share your story.
dhanke1 wrote: Thank you for your kindness and care. It is often just a simple act that touches another in a special way. Keep it up!
debbe530 wrote: Good on you!
beetoote wrote: Soo coool.

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