I have been the recipient of the generosity of others on many occasions. Today while riding the bus was one example. Because a stroller is so bulky, it is necessary and required to fold it up and carry both the stroller and the infant onto the bus. This takes a bit of maneuvering!
Today three different people noticed my bulky situation and lent a hand in carrying my stroller onto the bus for me! Three people! That means I only had to carry it onto the bus myself one time!
That may sound like a small act of generosity, but for me it was HUGE! First, they actually noticed that I could benefit from a bit of help. I have noticed that someone needed help before but noticed too late to actually be helpful instead of more of a burden. Also, I have noticed someone needed help and was too chicken to step up and say, “here let me help” (I know that is awful, but I’m being honest here). Generosity takes more than just noticing someone needs help!
Secondly, not only did they notice I could use a little help, but they were bold enough and kind enough to add one of their hands to my two, leaving only one for themselves. The fact that three people noticed I needed help and then acted was an amazing blessing!
I found myself wanting to do something in return to those people who generously helped make life easier for me, but honestly what can you do for a total stranger that you will only see for a few minutes on the bus? Say thanks. That’s about all you can do for that person, but it isn’t all you can do for others.
Chances are that the person who is generous has been on the receiving end of it at some point. The best thing you can do for a stranger who shows kindness to you is to keep the generosity going. When you see someone who could use a helping hand, offer yours.
This is my entry for this month’s “What I learned From” group writing project at Middle Zone Musings.