Looking for Trouble: Helping Those In Need

by Gregory Toole

As we travel this path of life, there are so many opportunities to be a beneficial presence. Recently, I had the thought, “Wouldn’t it be nice if sometimes we all went looking for trouble?” It was about looking for people in need and doing what we can to help them. Sometimes I find myself in that space, not necessarily looking, but highly attuned to when someone might need something.

A few weeks ago I went to the Public Library to donate some books that I was ready to release. When I arrived there was a man at the counter who was attempting to check out a couple videos, but he was hindered because there was an outstanding fine on his account and he didn’t have the money to pay it. The amount was just over $3 and my immediate thought was “Here’s someone I can help. It will make a big difference to him, and I’ll never miss the money.” I paid his fine and he was very grateful. The library workers I could see also took note and were moved by this small gesture.

It is those types of opportunities that we might be on the lookout for. So often we are in a position to help and make a major impact without even extending ourselves very much. This is especially important during this holiday time when so many are in pain and are challenged in various ways. Here are some other simple examples of how we can help:

  • A simple smile will go a long way.
  • Stopping to help someone clean up a small spill.
  • Buying coffee for the person in front of you in line who forgot their wallet.
  • Opening the door for someone who has their hands full or is otherwise challenged.
  • Standing with someone who has just had a fender bender to see if they need anything.

If we pay attention, opportunities are all around us to share love, and it does make a big difference. The ripple effect just might change the world.

Thanks for all you do and all you are.

Holiday blessings of love,
blog dec 15, 2014

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