I won’t go into the specifics of my own goodwill but I just want to throw out some food for thought. These random thoughts are inspired by some recent events in my life. So here goes…
A big city could be callous and cold. Nonetheless, we all need a little help sometimes. That little bit of help is what can warm it up, after all, metaphorically speaking (no literal-ness needed, if it’s LA, lolz). Whether we live in a big city or small, there is sometimes a need for a helping hand. I’m not sure how group psychology really plays out in this general scheme of thigns: Whether people are more likely to help someone who is obviously in need in a big city such as LA, or whether it’s the reverse. This has been far from my experience in LA but for some with ‘real’ friends, I’m sure it can be different. Nonetheless, there comes a time when one of us needs a helping hand.
It’s no fun being the one in need, and it’s not always a comfortable position to be the one in the position to give. Either way, each one is human. As one that is in a position to give, it’s useful to reflect in awe how little one small good deed can cost you in time and yet, can make such a substantial impact on the recipient’s life. You don’t need to be a ‘friend’. Surely, this might be taken as a radical idea but I think it perfectly acceptable for strangers to help strangers, too.
The one you help does not need to be close to you. If anything, it is the act of helping someone that can bring you closer. If not, that is ok too. At least, the act brings you closer to the universe (Can you tell, I live(d) in LA?).
To sum up, if someone asks you for help, and it costs you nothing but a few moments of your time, perhaps you should help. Karma is most likely a crock of bullshit but at the very least, you are being the change that I want to see in the world, one person at a time.
Sometimes I wish the world was more kind, yet time and again it proves itself contrary. So try to be kind to all who you meet because you never know what turmoil is behind those placid eyes.