OPINION: Give a little of yourself to others
THE generosity of strangers is one of those topics that just amazes me. I am constantly blown away and completely in awe at the level of kindness that many people seem to naturally radiate.
As I sat here in my office this morning, a gentleman came in after reading our story on the fire that affected Chris Tremellen last weekend. He said he wasn't in the position to offer money, but felt he had to do something.
Now he doesn't know Chris, but knew, as Chris was a tradie, he had some tools laying around that just may help him on his initial road to recovery.
This man made me stop and think. All too often we become so encompassed in our own sorrow and hardships that we forget to look at the big picture.
The willingness to share yourself with another may sometimes be the best gift you can ever give. So often we think of generosity as a tangible or financial gift, but the generosity of spirit is just as valuable.
Sometimes being nice to people can seem daunting. Strangers are often intimidating.
Have you ever looked out of the corner of your eye and thought you saw someone giving you a dirty look, or bumped into a person on the street who didn't say excuse me?
Odds are that, like everyone else, those people are busy and distracted. When you walk down the street, you may pass dozens of strangers per day who are nothing at all like you.
The woman carrying a screaming child may have just come from getting needles at the doctors, the man sitting alone in the park may be going through a divorce, the girl sitting in the coffee shop may have just visited a sick relative and the boy talking to himself may be practising what he is going to say in his job interview.
There is not one of us who can walk a mile in anyone's shoes and yet there is not one of us who shouldn't give it some thought. Just because we haven't been through something, doesn't mean we won't.
So, as you go about your lives today, take the chance to reach out to a stranger. After all, a stranger's just a friend you haven't met yet and who of us couldn't do with a few more friends?