Hurricane Sandy has come and gone. What a mess!
Do you have power? Something to eat – clean water? Do you still have a house to live in? Lots of people don’t.
There isn’t enough gas to go around. People are upset.
Were you prepared for the storm? How do you prepare for a storm like that?
Now that the storm is over do you have a generator? Do you have gas for your generator? How do you keep your generator running?
Has anyone checked on you?
Have you checked on anyone?
How are your neighbors?
Maybe they, like my neighbors, don’t speak the same language as you. That doesn’t matter. Acts of kindness, great and small, transcend language barriers! If you are able, take them some baked goods. Help them clean up. They need help – just like you do. Help enough people and you may be surprised by all the help you receive.
How is the elderly man that lives alone a few doors down? Doesn’t he use oxygen? Is he okay? Has his family checked on him? Is there someone you can call for him?
What about the single mother that lives across the way. Her kids are such a handful! Without power I bet they are driving her (and perhaps you) nuts. I’m sure that just a little kindness would go a long way towards making their lives better.
It is important to stay safe in the post storm chaos! But it is also important to be part of a community. Do you know your neighbors? If you do great! If not, well there is no time like the present.
Someone I love, who has passed on now used to sometimes say, “If you want a neighbor, you have to be a neighbor.” He was right – about that and so much more. Go neighbor with your neighbors. Does it make you uncomfortable? That’s fine – step out of your comfort zone and make someone’s life better.
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