Helping Each Other Without Being Asked

Is A Thing Of The Past

I grew up in a different world

Where people stopped to help

When they felt someone needed a hand

We knew in our mind

Almost for certain

That they also have helped so many others

All their life

Now it was our chance

We volunteered proudly

We never asked for anything in return

Not money unless they offered

Then we could accept

Always followed with that was so nice

Thank you so very much

It is what friends did for each other

Today things have changed

People walk out in front of cars without looking

We would always look both ways before we crossed the street

Then wave and say thank you

At the supermarket

Waiting in line to check out

If someone behind you only had a couple of items in their carriage

You would let them go ahead of you

There was a time where men always held the door for the ladies

Helping the elderly was understood

Holding their arm while they walked

Anytime you weren't sure

It was your chance to spring into action

Carrying the bundles in the house for your parents

After food shopping

Not even questioned

The littlest and simplest things we would do

Just to make life easier

Why not

We were the young and powerful

Invincible

The world was ours for the asking

Fearless and everyone knew it

Now many years later

I see many changes

Not always for the good

Give the young adults hints

Maybe they will catch on

Once again change can happen

The youth will gain their new title

As the kindest generation

We have ever known








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Viki Pan 15 months ago

DREAM ON, your Hub touched me a lot and I can't even explain why, but it made me think about things people often overlook in their daily life. Nowadays, we have almost everything we wish - and even more. Our kids get anything they want, sometimes they just don’t have to ask about that. We wish to please them, we buy them expensive things and devices, not thinking about the fact that we spoil them in such a way sometimes. Kids take that for granted and they don't even thank us for what we do for them.

What I mean is that upbringing starts since childhood. And it is the parents, the teachers and the society, who are responsible for the "final result" (if I can say that that way, of course). I think that people of my age were raised under other conditions - our parents did not have all those opportunities we have now, but they had one crucial thing - they had time to teach us help, sympathize and support other people even if they do not ask us about that.

I don't know what we should change, but I will try to teach my kids behave the same way we did 20 years ago or so. I'll try to explain them why it is important to observe the surrounding world and help other people who are in need, even if they don't ask about that.

And parents should keep that in mind as well. We are often too busy hurrying up to the office or home that we just fail to notice other people around us. No, we have to stop at least sometimes and look around. What if there is someone waiting for our help, but he/she can't ask about that? This aspect is worth thinking about! So, thank you, again, for your article!


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Viki Pan profile image

Viki Pan 15 months ago

DREAM ON, your Hub touched me a lot and I can't even explain why, but it made me think about things people often overlook in their daily life. Nowadays, we have almost everything we wish - and even more. Our kids get anything they want, sometimes they just don’t have to ask about that. We wish to please them, we buy them expensive things and devices, not thinking about the fact that we spoil them in such a way sometimes. Kids take that for granted and they don't even thank us for what we do for them.

What I mean is that upbringing starts since childhood. And it is the parents, the teachers and the society, who are responsible for the "final result" (if I can say that that way, of course). I think that people of my age were raised under other conditions - our parents did not have all those opportunities we have now, but they had one crucial thing - they had time to teach us help, sympathize and support other people even if they do not ask us about that.

I don't know what we should change, but I will try to teach my kids behave the same way we did 20 years ago or so. I'll try to explain them why it is important to observe the surrounding world and help other people who are in need, even if they don't ask about that.

And parents should keep that in mind as well. We are often too busy hurrying up to the office or home that we just fail to notice other people around us. No, we have to stop at least sometimes and look around. What if there is someone waiting for our help, but he/she can't ask about that? This aspect is worth thinking about! So, thank you, again, for your article!


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DREAM ON 15 months ago Author

Viki Pan Reading and hearing your response gives me great satisfaction knowing their are parents who keep believing and trying to keep the old values alive and well. I think we have to stop complaining what children do wrong and like you said explain the reasons why we do what we do. Thank you for sharing and may your day be filled with greatness.


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annart 15 months ago from SW England

My two daughters teach their children to respond to others in the way they themselves were taught, so I'm pleased that my teaching rubbed off!

It's true that we don't see so many people offering help as they used to. However, I always make a point of saying how nice it is when someone does such a thing when I see it happen to others not just to me. We are quick to criticise but not so quick to praise and I find that I get surprise reactions and huge smiles when I give people recognition!

Great poem with an important message.

Ann


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DREAM ON 15 months ago Author

annart I love seeing everyone helping others. I thought that is the way we are meant to live our lives.So much satisfaction in talking about the good. Makes each day more satisfying. Thank you for reading and sharing. Have a beautiful day.


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peachpurple 15 months ago from Home Sweet Home

Now, you don't see strangers to help other strangers anymore, people are a bunch of selfish human beings, maybe a few saints might be somewhere in the world


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DREAM ON 15 months ago Author

peachpurple We can not tell people what to do. We can keep doing what we believe is right and show them by example. If things don't change it is their loss. I feel so thankful when someone has done me a favor. When I am able to help someone I feel a deep feeling of satisfaction. You could say a head rush of goodness no money can ever buy. Thank you for reading and commenting. You have given me more reasons to be happy. Have a nice night.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 15 months ago from Riga, Latvia

If people reached out to others more it would be a better world. We must also never forget to say all those special things we want to say to our family and friends because one day we might not have a chance to say anything else ever again.


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DREAM ON 15 months ago Author

Gypsy Rose Lee I often make a point to tell others how they change my life for the better. Time goes by so fast. That old saying comes to mind here today gone tomorrow.Thank you for all your wonderful comments and lovely thoughts. Each day is a new day. Let's see how we can make it better than yesterday.

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