Kind Deeds without the Propanga Ploy
"To be doing good deeds is man's most glorious task" Sophocles Our lives have become fast-paced these days that we fail to take a little time off our busy schedules to do a little good for our communities. With the local elections just around the corner, we are greeted by a purge of political parties reaching out to communities that they are trying to win over in the hopes of getting more votes, through service delivery, without assuring these communities that such deeds will carry out in the long-term. But as an individual caught up in all this disarray it wouldn't hurt to connect more with the less privileged just for the good of humanity. With the rate of homeless people being on the rise and homes catering for the homeless-due to several reasons such as houses being burnt down, being evicted and the list goes on-being in need of more helping hands, volunteering around your community would go a long way in alleviating the strain most workers in these centers might be facing. We don't have to wait for a certain day to be declared open to helping people; it's those little acts of kindness that actually make a difference on any normal day. I remember one afternoon when I was in high-school on my way home from school, my friends and I passed this house and I saw a lady coming out of her house with what seemed like a pie dish neatly wrapped up in foil. She walked towards a homeless man balanced against a wall along the street and handed him the dish. My thoughts at that moment in time were: "Who goes and gives a homeless man food? Surely the cost of food to cater for both her family and the homeless man doesn't come cheap” and I wondered if she does that every single day. I suppose during my teenage years I didn't realize that doing good to others actually makes one happy as well. This event still sticks in my mind like it was yesterday and I have learnt to give and help others whole-heartedly without expecting anything in return, because a simple token of appreciation, like thank you, creates a feeling of warmth inside of me. So why not challenge yourself and help out someone in your social circle who might be in need. That person can be a friend, colleague, partner or your parents. Sometimes people shy away from asking for help out of fear of being judged, but if you see someone struggling with something, don't wait for them to drown in their helplessness, reach out to them in any way you can. After all, "No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted" Aesop.