Something happened this weekend that made me realise how easy it is to help others. Yet, more often or not we decide that it is too much effort or turn the other cheek.  It made me think that I need to do a better job of reaching out to offer a helping hand to those who need it.

I spent a hot Saturday afternoon painting the shed, when a neighbour stopped to talk gardening. I have a rather unruly hedge and for some reason, someone has decided to semi butcher the row of conifer trees.  I have no idea on how to rectify the hedge so we chewed the fat about what is the best solution for future growth. One thing was for sure it needed a trim as a starting point.

I finished the shed, cleaned the brushes and entered the house to watch some tennis and grab some lunch. I returned an hour later to the kitchen to see a newly trimmed hedge in the driveway.  I ran out the house to Bill’s and shouted a big thank you “wasn’t me he said” with a wide smile and clutching the incriminating evidence of a hedge cutter in his hands.

Absolutely stunned by his kindness I walked away wondering why we fail to help each other out more often, especially not expectimg something in return.

I remembered a quote by Desmond Tutu “Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world”.

So Bill you will get a pint next time I see you but you have inspired me to give something back to others, so every day this week will try to build the habit of helping others.