August 28, 2008

The Forgotten Generation

My wife and I see this older gentleman go by our house, at least once a week, and he stops about every 6 steps, puts his hands on his knees, and rests.

We've given him rides on various occasions to his apartment, and each time we give him a ride, it's like meeting him for the first time because he doesn't remember us.

It's people like this that really make me feel bad, the kind of people that don't have anyone in their lives, the kind of people that will more than likely die alone.

There are hundreds of people across the United States, across the world, that have in ,one way or another, ended up alone and will be alone for the rest of their lives.

So, what do you do ? You can't possibly visit with each one of them, give them a ride everyday, and, unless you've got a lot of money, you can't find a senior home that would take them without health insurance.

This is the cause I'd like to advocate this week, the cause of helping those around you that are alone in this world.

I'm not saying you have to help every last person you meet, or spend your entire day going from nursing home(or apartment) to the next.

It would just help to give that person you see walking down the street in pain and offering a ride, or if you see an elderly person trying to take out their trash or mow their lawn and offering your assistance or to do it for them.

There are a lot of people in this world that are lonely, helpless, and/or have nobody else in the world. Would it be so bad if each one of us helped these people ? Sometimes all they want is somebody to talk to, somebody to help them carry their grocery's, relatively simple things that are a big deal for them.

Like I said above, you don't have to help all of them, nor could you probably, but just take some time out of your day to help however you can.

Because even though alone we can only accomplish so much by ourselves, together we can change the world.