It’s hard not to look at the world and feel overwhelmed by the needs of others. It’s hard not to see the impact of the economic crisis, the devastation of natural disasters, the depravity of other people who choose to hurt instead of help those around them. All of this can make a person want to give up on their fellow person.
I say all of this knowing that despite the trial and difficulties in the world around us, we are surrounded by shining beacons of compassion and charity. People who place others ahead of themselves. They seek to lend a hand when all other hands have turned against. They give of them selves when they themselves have so little to give, when asked of their sacrifice they only say ‘it was ours to give’.
With the devastation in Haiti, we are going to hear stories of both ends of the spectrum of humanity. Pleas will come from left and right to help. The reality is that there is only so much we can do. Some will be able to give of there time. Some of us, only our resources.
I’m a true believer that the art of compassion and charity starts with simple steps that are taken close to home.
Step 1: Be Kind to Those Around You. Send a smile the way of someone having a bad day. Pay for someone’s cup of coffee.
Step 2: Treat Those Around You the Way YOU Want to Be Treated. A little kindness goes a long way.
Step 3: Don’t Walk Away from A Need. If you see someone in need, don’t assume that someone else will be there for them. That someone else is you.
Step 4: Be Open to God’s Will. You’ll be surprised at the opportunities that surround you if your heart and eyes are open.
Each of these steps will cause a ripple that will intersect with other lives in ways you’ll never know. Your heart will be filled beyond capacity. Your life enriched.