How far are you willing to go to help someone in need? As long as it isn’t too much of an inconvenience, or doesn’t make too much of an impact on your plans, most of us would probably take a few minutes to help someone out who was obviously in need. But what about when it gets just a little bit more complicated? What if it will cost you more than just your time, or more than just the change in your pocket? One woman found herself faced with that very question…but found that it didn’t bother her to give freely as it did the other passengers in the car.
The subway was full of people. They weren’t the only ones on that train. The homeless woman probably hadn’t just taken off her shoes a few moments before – she hadn’t had shoes for a while. No one thought to help her out, whether it was because she was homeless, disabled, or both.
After Kay gave the woman her shoes, she rode the train in thin socks for quite some time before someone offered to help out. It isn’t that people aren’t able to help out…it’s that they just don’t want to. Being only concerned with yourself is easily accepted in our society. “Keep to yourself” and “mind your own business” are not new phrases, they have been around for years. But where do we draw the line? When do we decide that we can no longer just keep to ourselves?
In another 30 years, I hope that society has learned to be more like the woman who gave up her shoes than the entire car full of people who ignored them both for as long as they did.
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