There is one key lesson for me when it comes to life. One thing I learnt from my experience as a proeprty manager and real estate sales assistant, that’s to be helpful. People LOVE helpful. And often it doesn’t take too long at all to make a difference. Little things. Big things. Really all it takes in life to make someone else happy is to offer a hand up when they need it.

Yesterday I saw a lady drop one of her bags of shopping while attempting to buy more items at a counter. A young man, bent down, scooped up the items and held them until she was finished, handed them back and walked away smiling. The lady did too. And so did I. That picking up of a few things and handing them back made three people happy.

Easy, right?

My Dad saves children on roads. It’s his thing. He jokes that the universe knows to send him in if there is a child in danger on the road and he is right where he needs to be in the moment he is needed. The most dramatic of his saves {over the years there have been plenty} was a toddler who had escaped her home early one morning and wandered over to the highway. Dad stopped his ute across the lane, jumped out and collected her in his arms getting her off the road.

In a moment or two he realised he was a 50 year old man, with a toddler who would at this stage be considered missing by someone on the highway. Errr, kidnapper alert!! So he went to the side of the road and waited there. Sending another passer by up and down the houses asking if anyone was missing a child. Soon the Mother was found and the pair reunited. Dad says that morning still gives him chills recalling seeing this little bub wandering the edge of the highway. Raymond; patron saint of children.

So big or small if you see your opportunity to help. Do. And don’t be surprised if sometimes people don’t always seem grateful. It’s just the way things are. Don’t let it stop you from doing it. The times it matters, like really matters, the gratitude will be there. And those times, you won’t even need it because you’ll know.

Go find someone and be helpful. You’ll like it. Promise.

  • Kathryn H

    Hear, hear!  Everyone should just help more, full stop.

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Agreed. 🙂 

  • I offered to help someone just yesterday. She was on the ground inching towards her wheelchair and I could see she had great difficulty moving, but she insisted she was okay and a friend was on her way. I felt quite uncomfortable just leaving her there, I popped my head out again a few minutes later and she and her wheelchair were gone, which relieved me.

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      I’m glad you offered River. Thanks from us {the planet full of other people}.  

  • It takes little effort most of the time to help someone out. I like to use the “If it was my Mum, I hope would lend a hand” philosophy.

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      I think so too. I like to think if I was really stuck, someone would help me. Or my family. So of course. 🙂

  • Mr BC seems destined to help stray dogs, he is always reuniting them with thier owner. My helper destiny seems to be to help people find what they want at the supermarket, maybe I should get a job at Woolies?

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Haha. It’s funny isn’t it, how we seem to have a particular ‘thing’ that always find us. 

      Maybe Coles would be a better choice. 😉 

  • Mrs Catch

    What a lovely thought.  I wish everyone in the world thought like this.

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Thank you Mrs Catch. Me too. 

  • sheribombblog

    I’m a helper, with anything and everything wherever I can. But I tried to be a friendly helper the other day – held the door of our work building open for a guy. He didn’t say thank you which I thought would have been nice but hey, some people can be shy. Then we got into the elevator and I was closest to the buttons so I pushed the floor I needed then asked him which floor he needed. He proceeded to completely ignore me and then reach over me to push the button. I have to admit it did put a bit of a downer on me as it seemed overly and unneccessarily rude but I still wished him a nice day as I got out a my floor. You WILL feel my helpfulness grumpy man! haha

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Oh yes, some people are just so shut off from other human beings that they can’t muster an appropriate response. I’m assuming the poor fella was dazzled by your many and various charms. Obviously. 

      Or he was mute? 😛 

      • sheribombblog

        Nawww yoooou heh