Well on this hot day I found myself in support of a cause much greater than myself. Back in December of last year I swore an oath to myself to take on a life's mission. That mission, to try to do some good in this world. I began in Guatemala and when I arrived back in the US I got busy trying to align another organization that could use any of my help.
Luckily I happened to find just the right one, one who was making a difference in the local community, while also serving those in need abroad. I have been with this organization since March, and honestly I'm not sure why I haven't written about it before??? (post highlighting this organization coming soon)
Anyways what I experienced on that that day was not something extraordinary, in fact it was something perhaps others have done frequently. What I experienced on that day was "canning" or soliciting funds to help this non-profit survive in achieving its mission.
We set out for a two hour canning session. One that would place us in a rather rough neighborhood here in providence, RI. A neighborhood where you don't expect a huge amount of donations especially in this rough economy.
What happened in those two hours was just another reaffirmation of what I already believe, how much good there is in people. In these two hours I came across all walks of life. Those fortunate, and those who seems to be barely making it.
No matter what the situation, most people scrapped whatever money they could to give. Some would simply give the money and a simple "welcome". To which I would give them a smile of thanks.
Others would give short blurbs of enlightenment & positivity. Of the many I came across one really stood out. This person said something I found truly remarkable.
This person appeared to be a hard working intrying to make it by like many others. As I let out my words of thanks he rolled down his window. He took out his money and said:
" You know I just got paid, but when I have money to give then I give. We have to look out for those who need helping". This quick sentence and even quicker interaction simply blew me away.
The heat no longer mattered, the fatigue no longer played any role. This persons kindness and outlook in life really stuck with me. It made me glad to have been out there doing this work, and even happier to know that what I am trying to do in my life....
this feeling to help is shared.