This morning started out as usual. The kids are getting ready for school and I am making breakfast and lunches, cleaning the kitchen, brushing hairs (ya'll know I got kids with a lot of hair) and yelling for everyone to hurry up!! Of course, we make it to school on time and everyone is dropped off safely and I am making my way home. Things on my mind- finishing my coffee, planning how cleaning day will start, finishing my coffee, counting the hours I will be alone :), and then I notice a car stalled in the middle of the intersection. For those familiar with Sacramento-the car is in the middle of Del Paso and Truxel and for those who are not; there are basically eight lanes of traffic in all directions. Definitely, not the place to be stalled. I was stuck at the light and witnessed as the lights changed in other directions how people just drove around the woman and her stalled vehicle. No one stopped to help or even help block traffic so she could at least get her car out of the way. So, I decided when my light changed I would pull over to a safe area and go and help. I ran across the lanes of traffic; luckily, without incident and I asked the woman if she needed help. She was an older woman and the car was an older model so I was not sure if I would be able to push the car out of the intersection, but I did. I realized two things as I was pushing the car out of the road: ONE-cars are not that hard to push once you get them moving and TWO- we are a society of passersby.
I am not writing this story to pat myself on the back but more as a realization of myself and the world around me. Honestly, it would have been easy for me to be a passerby like all the other people. My house was the next light down, my coffee was waiting for me, I didn't have my makeup on, and I was wearing house shoes. So you see, I had plenty of reasons to not help. But I chose to help. So this brings me to the point of the story I guess. There have been many times I have been a passerby.
So, I am going challenge to myself to not be the "passerby" both personally and outwardly.
CHALLENGE #1: I am going to support my daughter who wants to help the homeless. I admire her genuine concern for people and her ability to give so freely. She is definitely not a passerby and wants to create care packages for them.
CHALLENGE #2: Not to be a passerby in my own life. I am guilty of passing by opportunities just for the simple fact that I may fail. There are plenty of mantras out there like "Do or do not, there is no try" or "Failure is an event, not a person" and it seems easy enough to take the "bull by the horn" but when you are your own worse enemy it is that much harder.
So my word for today is PASSERBY. What am I doing or not doing to make this world, my life, or my family better?
Thanks for reading!