Good deeds never go unnoticed
I was always raised in such a way as to help others in need. I’ve been raising my kids to have the same beliefs. I firmly believe that if we help others, they’ll help others and the chain continues. It may not always continue, but I am an optimist and do believe some people continue the chain of goodness. Maybe that’s why I write about safe driving – to help those who may need that extra “push” to become a safer driver. Well, it happened again. I was in the position to help other person, a complete stranger, so I did. Would you?
While I was recently opening up a new classroom location for Young Drivers of Canada someone had come to my door and asked if I had booster cables. As a driving instructor it would have been wrong to not be prepared so I gladly offered to help boost the dead battery of her vehicle. I also thought it would be a good opportunity to teach someone a thing or two about boosting a dead battery. She didn’t have booster cables and seemed unsure of what to do. She was visiting a friend and said if it would be okay if she came back a couple of hours later. I agreed as I had lots of work to do and there she was, right on time.
While I boosted her vehicle’s dead battery I also showed her how to do it herself, in case she had to in the future. We chatted about how she didn’t have booster cables in her vehicle and how I suggested every vehicle should have then, just in case this happens again. She was very grateful for my help but also proceeded to tell me how when she stopped at a place of business and asked for a glass of water from the wait staff. They just looked at her and continued to sit and chat with each other. What happened to acts of kindness? What was it going to cost them but a few seconds of their time to get the water for her, especially since she said she could see the glasses nearby?
Perhaps with our negative society there aren’t too many people thinking about doing enough good deeds any longer. Perhaps there are too many people who live in the “me, me, me” society. If only they knew they could actually benefit from doing something helpful for someone else.
Here are the pluses for my actions this day; I did a favour for someone else which allowed them to continue on their way. I did something that gave me personal satisfaction. I may have fueled someone else to do a good deed to someone else. Sounds like a win – win – win situation to me. And my boosting episode only took me less than ten minutes to position my vehicle, boost and explain how to boost and then chat. Not a lot of time out of my day, but boy was it worth it – for both of us.