Great Wake Up Blog: Week #10
This week's assignment? Something as simply altruistic as helping a stranger every day.
This week's assignment? Something as simply altruistic as helping a stranger every day. While this might seem like something incredibly simple, to a culture steeped in being almost painfully polite and not intruding upon other peoples' lives. This, therefore, was more of a challenge than it might first seem.
But boy did this pay off.
Not in the way that the movies or TV might have you think - there was no grand aligning of stars, no profuse thanks. Instead, helping someone with something tiny but wholly positive every day was a real joy and something that alleviated every kind of day, good or bad.
I helped someone's buggy off the bus, I helped a student pick up her papers, and directed a set of prospective parents towards their destination when they were looking lost and a bit distressed. These things aren't big and shouldn't be lauded - it's the baseline for humanity to help one another, you don't get a medal for being helpful. Doing these small tasks consciously was a joyous boon - to see their anxiety fade and their day get better, even if for a moment, had a rippling impact on my own day.
This is one experiment I intend to take with me and put in my 'daily behaviour toolkit' if you will - making a conscious effort to help a stranger, whether in a bustling city or a quiet town, has untold benefits and reaps what it sows: making the world a happier, more helpful, and more compassionate place. And what's not to like about that?