The sun sets on another day...
I had a lot of time to think as I drove this weekend, and as I thought I was a bit overwhelmed. Why? Well I was thinking about all the things I try to do behind the scenes and started thinking about the things that happened to me behind the scenes as well. Then I thought about all the times that I had let truth or untruth pass, and just let it go. Then (Yeah big thinking time) I thought about all the people I have talked to that did something fantastic or great or even good and were unnoticed in it all. then I smiled at the idea my father had so long ago, and the idea I tried to move forward.
If you ever get a chance, read this one from the past, it may help with it all. You can also read this and see how my dad approached this a little, but you don't have to, it will all make sense in a moment.
I gave away EGBAR pins after I collected a great deal of them working at a position a long time ago, and as I gave them away, I asked for nothing except to pass it on. I gave them out when I saw someone in obvious need of a little cheering up and usually after I sat and talked to them for a while. The idea was, Everything is Gonna Be All right. I used that statement to get a smile, or at least make someone consider a better path. sometimes they did, sometimes they did not. I have tried a lot to help people over the years but didn't want anything (and would not be mentioning it now except there is a point to this whole line of thinking).
My father had the concept of the Solomon Group that could not be completed, well, mainly because he died. I was not aware of this until many years later and have the foundations sitting, waiting to be executed. The Solomon Group was a group of people who would help behind the scenes and ask for nothing with a simple doctrine and a simple goal, to slowly try to make the world a better place. It could work, but it may not.
Today I thought a lot about it because of several converging situations and some conversations with my son, and other people. There was a lot to digest, a lot to consider, a lot to learn.
Perhaps the best way to approach everything is to open your eyes and be aware of more. I am not always as good as I should be. I missed something quite a while ago that is tough for me, and I have ignored some attacks on me that I should have addressed, but if I had opened my eyes I would have been better off. It happens. At the same time I thought about strange things that I have done and others I know have done that make me smile, and I think this is where we should be. Examples I have been told or involved in are like:
- Helping someone along from behind the scenes without them being aware
- Watching a funeral from a distance just to make sure someone was OK
- Caring when it would be easier not to care
- Taking care of someone ill from a distance
- Sending a nice gift without a reason or card
- Talking to someone new
- Talking to an old friend you have not spoken to in some time
- Making others feel at ease
- Being there to listen
Basically finding that thing that needs to be done and doing it without looking for some type of praise, compensation or other (You pick the other). I am not looking for praise now or ever. I am hoping that if one of the many readers of this little blog sees the same thing I have in the world that they too will try to or continue to help people just because. Not for the fame or the glory or a million thank yous, but because it is the right thing to do. Not to do it each and every moment, but to do it when necessary and as possible. Even a little thing like buying a sandwich for someone hungry and moving on could make a world of difference in the world. After all, the little things mean a lot, they really do.
Take a second, take stock of yourself, what does it all mean to you? Anything? Everything? Nothing? It all does matter somewhere. At least I think it does. If I walk through my 29000sunsets living life to be happy and help when I can, unnoticed, perhaps at the end of it all I will feel satisfied. (Of course I could always feel there is more to do)
So as the sun sets on another day, do you know someone in need, someone who really really needs help but would never ask. Can you help? Is there a way? Why not take a moment and do something little first. Be that person that does something little for everyone, anyone, or someone, but be a person that maybe, just maybe, makes a difference and is that friend that is always there, no matter what.
Sleep sweet, believe in yourself, and believe in a better world...