Monday, November 14, 2016


This isn't a call for help. It is a shout out to those that always seem to make themselves available to help people that are in need.
Some of you are helpers.
I am not.

It's not that I am opposed to helping people. Nor is it that I am unavailable to help people. I think that I am just mostly unaware when people are in need. I should probably make myself more available to people. I suppose that there are people that need help but don't want to ask for it.

I should mention that this post is inspired by the people that always seem to be there for my folks when they have needs. The closest of my siblings is a couple of hours away. Most of us are much farther. Several of my cousins live close by and are great at going out of their way to be of service to Mom and Dad. My parents also have a network of helping friends, but many of their friends are also aging and less available to help than they once were.

I feel bad that most of the family care has to come from a brother and sister that are closest in distance to them, for they are also the ones that are busiest with the needs of their own families.

I'm thinking that maybe I can substitute serve.
I know that just as time and distance separate me from my parents, there are probably people near me that don't have family nearby because their own kids live far away. Perhaps I need to volunteer to drive cancer patients to treatment (somebody did that for my dad) or something like that. I've let my world get pretty small in the past couple of years. Personally, I like it that way. But from a community standpoint, it seems pretty selfish.

Guess I'm going to have to put on my big boy pants and do what benefits somebody else rather than just looking out for my own preferences and interests.

Thanks to all of you helpers for the inspiration!

...I think.

John <><


eViL pOp TaRt said...

You are probably more helpful and inspirational to others than you realize, John.

Mike said...

Next time we have lunch I'll tell you the story about the time I "helped" a friend redo his bathroom.