I am not posting this because I want to brag about something I did today. I am posting this because I truly believe we need to do more good in this world, regardless of how late it might make us or what’s going on in our lives.
This morning, as I was driving to the GO station, I noticed an elderly man hunched over at a TTC bus stop. As I got closer, I kept looking at him to see if he was moving because he seemed frozen or stuck. He was probably in his 70’s or older, had a cane, and looked kind of pale.
I pulled over, got out of my car, walked over to him, and asked him if everything was okay. He told me that he was having trouble sitting down on the bench and that he was stuck. A wheelchair was outside the bus shelter and I asked him if it was his. He said yes and I asked him if he wanted to sit on that instead. He informed me that the wheel on his wheelchair was broken or messed up.
I looked at the tire and part of the tire was off the hub/rim/whatever it’s called. I fixed it and I asked him if he now wanted to sit back down on the wheelchair. He did and I helped him from his half seated position into his wheelchair.
A TTC bus pulled up shortly thereafter and I asked him if he needed to get on it. He replied no and assured me that he was waiting for a ride. He thanked me and I confirmed one last time that everything was okay now.
We don’t need to know that the things that we do, like holding the door for someone, helping someone with something, or even saying hello, make a difference in someone’s life. We don’t and we can’t ever know the result of all of our actions. However, knowing that there’s people out there that can and will help is what makes all the difference in the world.