the more i work with the “needy”, in my position as family services worker, the more i see we are all needy from time-to-time. if i am unable to show this to the people i am serving, how will they ever learn that they too have something to offer others?
every human being has the need to be loved. not every person has a reason to deserve respect, but if it is in my power to even show a minute amount of love, grace, and/or respect, it is my desire that i will choose to do so.
ways in which i have been able to do this have been to buy a person a meal, provide free soup, beverages, and snacks without expecting anything in return, driving someone home, or taking them their food bank items when they are unable to pick it up, making a phone call to say that i care, praying for them, listening, keeping abreast of the various helps available to them, getting training in areas i know nothing about, having people become an adopted family member (not legally, but treating them as if they were part of my family), allowing them to make choices and not judge them if they don’t make the choice/s i would prefer them to make,… and the list goes on.
thankfully, i am able to do this as part of my job, but it is becoming more and more a part of my lifestyle.
are there ways in which you feel you might be able to make a different choice in how you treat people? like the people that budge into a lineup, or grumpy people in the grocery line, or someone waiting in a doctor’s office or emergency room who are complaining about how long everything is taking? how about to the inebriated person who is yelling out on the street out of hunger, pain, or frustration? or the child who is bullying another peer?
it’s our choices of how we react, or ignore, that can make a difference in their lives.
i challenge you to try to change how you would react to one person this week. maybe let me know how it went. i’d love to hear how it goes. i bet that the person it makes the greatest impact on will be you!
enjoy your day! and thanks for reading.