Friday, August 24, 2007

The way it should be

I just watched a show about a tribal society on a pacific island. They live, every day, by sharing absolutely everything. The entire village will go fishing together and split the catch evenly. The guy hosting the show brought gifts of food and tangible goods to give to the village and the chief very carefully divided everything. He spent almost a month with them, living the same way they do, helping to hunt and fish, even sharing his personal first aid kit with a guy who had a really nasty infection in his foot.

We hoard things in America without even realizing it. I am not saying that we should be communistic by any stretch. What I am saying is that most of us have much more than we need and we should be concerned more about others. How many times have you walked by the guy sitting on the curb asking for a few coins without even seeing him? We are not going to miss that 47 cents in our pockets, but to him, it might be a can of beans.

Once, my family and I had picked up individual meals from a fried chicken place, and on the way home, stopped at Walgreens to pick up a prescription. There was a man there asking for a dollar to get himself a burger. We gave him 2 of the meals and I thought he was going to cry. It wasn't much to us, but to him it was everything.

You never know when you will come across an angel in disguise. Be kind to others because someday, it might be you that has to rely on the kindness of others.

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