It is touching when you see people who give of themselves and don’t count the cost. I had the privilege once to see a small girl about 5 and her mom come into charity loaded down with grocery bags. I overheard her mom say “Sally saved her money all year and we bought these groceries for everyone here to have.” I heard Sally say “I bought it myself.” She was so happy she could do this for others.
It is a wonderful thing that if you ever get the chance to volunteer, you see the goodness in others. That same day I was continuously doing jobs and helping in whatever way I could. The other workers there were older, and even when they were tired they still were motivated to help. It was impressive to see that for some people they are willing to put in whatever effort is required. Time after time, donation came through the door.
There are many gifts when you give your time. Many people sincerely thanked you, and the ones who didn’t you could see their reasons for needing the help. The reason was as obvious as a broken cart, a small child, an old coat, a difficulty not knowing English.
Choices are interesting aren’t they? I don’t judge anyone for choices they make. I have made plenty of choices that weren’t in my best interest. I think we have to give others a wide berth of forgiveness and space to find out who they are. It is far too easy to judge based on appearances, when it is only the long-term that matters.
The long-term on the girl who gave to others is very good. The long-term on everyone is working to improve is good. The short-term is often difficult for people, but with help we can all help each other get through those times.