Monday, November 8, 2021

"We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone." Ronald Reagan


This past week, I upgraded the router, booster, and the four television boxes in my house.  (Yes, I live alone, but I have four televisions!)  I did not know how to do most of this, but after watching a few YouTube videos, I was confident and able to complete the tasks at hand.  Next, I had to put five old television boxes (I got rid of an old set), the old router, and the old router booster into one big box.  I then had to get that box into the trunk of my car, and then to a UPS store.  

When I first moved to my new condo after my husband died, I bought a little dolly to help me to move heavy things.  I think it cost about $40, but it has been invaluable these past 10 years.  When I got to the UPS store, I got the dolly out of the back of the SUV, then, with a lot of effort, I lifted the giant box out and put it on the ground.  I was trying to get the box on the dolly when I nice young man saw me struggling and asked it I needed help.  I answered yes.  He lifted the heavy box and walked it right inside the UPS store, put it on the counter (I was not the next person in line) and said, "Hey, Bud, I am putting this heavy box up here for this nice lady."  I thanked him, adding that life was certainly more difficult since my husband died, but that he had made my burden that morning so much lighter.  He politely said, "You're welcome.  Have a nice day," and went on his way. 

I will be 69 years old this month, and with my increasing age, I find many things to be more challenging than they used to be.  Arthritis and  joint pain have forced me to have limitations.  For years, I was the one who was helping strangers, and on Saturday, I became the recipient of kindness from a stranger.  That kindness made my day. 

"We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone."  Ronald Reagan 

Be safe.  Be kind. 

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