All of the local efforts to help others has inspired me

Published 7:00 am Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Nowadays, it seems like everyone is in a hurry to get to their destination or to the end of the day.

So, whenever something such as a request for help occurs that could potentially cause changes to our schedule, we get annoyed.

In the past when my friends would ask for a favor such as taking them to the store, fixing something around their home or helping with any other small thing, I would tell them I couldn’t help because I didn’t have the time.

Sign up for our daily email newsletter

Get the latest news sent to your inbox

Most of the time, my excuse wasn’t true. I just didn’t want my perfectly outlined day to be derailed.

But after hearing various stories involving individuals going out of their way to help others within our community, I’m beginning to think differently.

My previous thought process is not mine alone.

When the topic of helping others comes up, many of us immediately miss the fact that those people might actually need our help.

Some help fixing something around the house can come in quite handy and a friend without a vehicle would really appreciate a ride to the store.

Helping others doesn’t always have to be something that is going to consume half our day; sometimes it might just take a couple of minutes. I can remember one of my friends lived about 20 minutes away from his grandparents.

In spite of that distance, he always set aside time to visit them and help with simple chores.

Those tasks could include taking out the trash, washing dishes, changing a light bulb in the main bedroom and stocking the pantry.

At the end of the day, making a positive impact on someone’s life doesn’t always have to be a hindrance to our daily lives.

Even if we provide a little bit of help, the thought counts the most.