A Short Essay on What Goes Around Comes Around (or you reap what you sow..)
Over the past two years I have struggled with debilitating back pain. It is much better but the real result of all my physio and pain killers and curbed lifestyle wasn’t what I could have anticipated.
Back when I was more able-bodied, if I was grocery shopping and saw someone in a motorized cart or wheelchair looking at their shopping list and then up to the top shelf, I’d stop and ask if I could retrieve an item for them.
Back when I was more able-bodied, if I saw someone having an issue taking their garbage out, I’d offer to help my neighbor.
Back when I was more able-bodied, if I saw someone struggling with their walk into my Doctor’s office, I’d stop, offer my arm, open the door for them and find them a seat to wait.
But now I find I’m the one who, for the time being, is the person who struggles.
Complete strangers offer to take my arm down a flight of stairs (and not just boy scouts). Wonderful people at my favorite grocery store and LCBO offer to take my purchases out to my car.
I don’t even need to ask….
It is called KINDNESS. And it is what we all need now, more than ever.
As I am recovering and becoming more able-bodied again, I am struck by the greatest lesson I have learned through this ‘phase’. It is that people truly have the capacity to be kind.
It is what makes us human. Kindness to animals, kindness to each other.
And soon I will be able to reach that grocery item on the top shelf again for someone else who cannot.
And I will.
Because the kindness of strangers has been shown back to me.