The other day I was walking to an appointment when I noticed a family looking around in confusion. They had an iPhone out and appeared to be trying to follow a map. I overheard the mother mention a restaurant that was nearby but in the opposite direction of where they were headed. I stopped, approached them with a smile, and pointed them in the right direction. The family was very grateful and thanked me profusely. It took just 30 seconds of my time, but I felt great.
Sometimes I think we get so wrapped up in our own lives that other people’s issues fall into the category of “not my problem.” Do we need to help that person struggling with luggage, or an unwieldy stroller? Is that stranger clearly lost? Do we have to help someone pick up whatever items they’ve just dropped, or tell them they left their sunglasses behind? No, we don’t. But, we should. One day you may be the person about to drive off with your purse on the roof of your car. It could be you trying to get directions next time. Wouldn’t you appreciate it if someone simply took a few seconds of their time to be civil and help out?