“My mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers—so many caring people in this world.”
I remember when I was in high school I watched my dad put together a storage shed in the backyard. It was one of those sheds you pretty much had to put together everything yourself and the booklet of instructions seemed to rival a Russian novel in length. My dad was struggling, finding it difficult to find the right part, the right bolt, not drop the tool, to find the right page in the manual. Seeing him struggle I helped to get us on the right page in the directions and hold things while he put it together; together, we were able to get it done. Even with just a small bit of help from me it was a job that was a whole lot easier with two people than just one person trying to do it all by themselves.
Thank you to those of you who were there to help us provide support and refreshments to the runners of the marathon on Sunday. I am grateful for your help and the runners certainly were. Helping people is good for everyone, for the person needing our help and in allowing us to feel good for seeing someone else succeed. For those of you who weren’t able to join us there’s another opportunity this week to provide help for those who’re looking to you for your expertise.
On Tuesday, we’ll meet and leave from Trinity Commons at 4 pm and carpool over to Episcopal Place; Episcopal Place provides safe and affordable housing to low income and disabled seniors. Once there, we’ll help the residents with learning how to use their phones and tablets. While these devices are second nature to us, learning how to use them and set them up can be frustrating for them. Your expertise will not only make life easier for someone else, but you’ll be surprised by what you can learn from each other as you talk about something as simple as a phone.
If you need to meet us at Episcopal Place that’s fine, and you’re welcome to leave whenever you need to. Episcopal Place isn’t too far from Trinity Commons (it’s located at 112 26th Street South 35205).