Become a Good Samaritan.
How do you become a Good Samaritan? It seems like an easy enough thing however, I don't think it is. Regardless of your religion, socio-economic status, education level or any of those other things that often divide us being a Good Samaritan is something we can all do.
Where do you start?
The first thing I think you need to do in order to be a Good Samaritan is to become more aware. Many people go about their days without really noticing what's going on around them. We get wrapped up in our own worlds, talking on our cell phones, trying to keep a bit of a buffer between us and the rest of the world. So the first thing to do is start keeping your eyes open.
For instance say you're on your way to work and you take public transportation, you notice someone needs a seat. Go ahead and give yours to them. Help someone with a lot of bags onto or off of the bus or train. If you're driving be the driver that stops to let someone cross the street. Take care when you're driving not to splash someone on the sidewalk if it's been raining a lot.
For some people little things like that, call them random acts of kindness if you like are very easy and thing they already do as a matter of course. Even if you're shy and introverted you can incorporate being a Good Samaritan in your life. Take it easy and do what you're comfortable with.
If you're the more bold sort, the next time you're at the grocery store and the person in front of you is a dollar short and you have one to spare offer it. Spot someone's meter about to run out? Drop a quarter in the parking meter.
Being a little more serious when it's merited call the police or ambulance. Don't be one of the people who stand around pretending not to see someone in distress. If you see someone hurt or clearly impaired, call an ambulance. Instead of thinking about the things that happen around you as someone else's problem, do something.
Basically it comes down to relearning to be active rather than passive. Show some courage and take a big step forward. Keep your eyes open and above all else, remember that it'll not only make you feel good but will do us all some good in the long run.
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