It never ceases to amaze me how uncaring and selfish this world is becoming. Are there any compassionate people left in this universe. They seem to be few and far in between.
Today I was on my way home from grocery shopping, as I pulled my shopping cart behind me, I revelled in the warm weather and the snowless sidewalks for the first time in three weeks.
I nearly reached the corner where the sidewalk ended, and the street began when I looked across to the opposite side of the street to see a blind man swishing his white cane from side to side. His cane moved frantically from the sidewalk to the curb where snow was piled up high. He was getting more frustrated by the minute, as he stood there moving his cane back and forth trying to find the place to cross.
I looked at the traffic on the street, noting that no one was even slowing down, or stopping to help this blind man who was trying to cross the street.
Inside I felt disgusted at this fast paced world, where no one has the time or inclination to stop what they were doing to give aid to this helpless man.
My heart went out to him and so I decided to cross the street and help him. I reached him as he was swishing his cane dangerously close to the street, he yelled something out that I could not decipher.
I told him that I would help him cross the street. He took my hand, and told me that he wanted to cross the street and stay on the main street to go to the small plaza.
It is the little things or deeds in life that keep us humane. The second commandment in the Bible is what we need to practice with our fellowman, ‘Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.’ We are not loving our neighbours when we see them in distress and just walk, or drive on by.
Helping someone else other than ourselves means that we have stretched the hands of love, compassion, and empathy to some one less fortunate than ourselves.