Our society seems so disjointed and divided at this time in our history. The truth is, it has been here before, and it has healed and returned to a community before becoming disjointed and divided again. It's a sad cycle that seems to repeat itself, but on a positive note, our freedom gives us the ability to be radically different and still be a community. It's the process of choices all Americans make.
It's obvious that all Americans will never fully believe the same thing, agree on everything or even like the same things, but we can all do that one thing. When I was growing up (a long, long time ago), there was no racial divide in my neighborhood. It was mixed race and it was a community. There was no religious divide. There was no sexual divide. There was no political divide. We were all Americans who were always doing that one thing.
That one thing is simple. It's opening a door for someone. It's offering a smile and a greeting. It's a handshake and a pat on the back. It's saying thank you and you're welcome. It's helping a neighbor shovel his walk. It's carrying a heavy load for someone who is weaker. It is taking a meal to a sick friend, family member or someone you just met. It is tipping the struggling waitress who hasn't provided the best service. It's feeding the stray cat that is hanging around your fence. It's giving someone a ride. It's paying a bill for a financially strapped person. It's offering a compliment. It is donating to a charity, school or church. It's calling a family member who is lonely. It is seeing people who can easily become invisible.
This list could go on and on and on. I was at our county landfill this morning and I saw a gentleman pull up to a container. He had a very large air conditioner in his truck, and I thought, "There is no way that little old man is going to get that huge AC unit in the container." I walked over and asked if he needed help, and he did. The two of us had to work to get that beast over the edge of the container. He was so grateful, he shared the harrowing story of how he got that big air conditioner out of its previous perch. He thanked and asked if I needed any help. That was my one more thing this morning.
How about you? Have you touched someone today? It could be a phone call, a note, an email, text or a visit. It could be telling the bank teller you appreciate how pleasant she is when you go to the bank. I liked one at my bank so much, I hired her. It could be complimenting a tradesman on a good job, or firefighter for doing his job or a police officer for being willing to risk her life for strangers.
What would happen if everyone did that one thing? How many fences could be mended, lives changed, relationships restored and good spread everywhere? What would the result be if each one of us committed to do one more thing each day? How many good things could happen if everyone of our friends and neighbors did one more thing? It would be world changing. You can take that to the bank.