Posts Tagged ‘helping

29
Aug
19

Help others…

‘Rain does not fall on one roof alone.’ Proverb

01
Jun
19

Even the smallest effort…

‘Happiness… consists in giving, and in serving others.’ Henry Drummond (Enjoy this beautiful day!)

16
Nov
17

what’s your testament while alive?

“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.” William Shakespeare

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MacLeay Mausoleum in Lone Fir Cemetery, Portland, Oregon

14
Oct
17

spread your kindness…

“When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people.” Abraham Joshua Heschel

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Alaskan morning out of Sitka

18
Sep
17

Reaching out…

“Our job on earth isn’t to criticize, reject, or judge. Our purpose is to offer a helping hand, compassion, and mercy. We are to do unto others as we hope they would do unto us.” Dana Acuri 

08
Apr
17

soon, a spot of shade…

“O woman!   In our hours of ease, uncertain, coy, and hard to please, and variable as the shade, by the light quivering aspen made; when pain and anguish wring the brow, a ministering angel thou” Sir Walter Scott

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23
Dec
16

those that serve & volunteer…

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03
Jun
15

Contemplation in the backyard…

Was life good today?

Did I give a hand, a smile?

Did I walk the talk?

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13
Sep
14

Getting Stuck…

“God writes a lot of comedy… the trouble is, he’s stuck with so many bad actors who don’t know how to play funny.” Garrison Keillor

Life is like standing about, watching, observing, assessing, waiting, anticipating and maybe helping.  You see the guy driving over the hard packed sand. But, you watch as he ventures into the deep, soft sand, pulling a heavy load. As in life, you wait. You observe and know, this friend, this neighbor, this stranger is about to get stuck. Maybe you wave at him, yell to hold up or maybe you let him do it his way. Yes, it happens. He is stuck and he keeps making it worse. He erupts in anger, in a display of denial. Then, maybe, you offer to help dig him out, push him out, pull him out. And, then you watch him drive on and hope he learned his lesson.

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19
Aug
14

Gray Wolf & Leonidas (Exit Ramp at a Red Light)

“We are all beggars, each in our own ways.” Mark Twain

“He that has neither fools, whores or beggars among his kindred is but a thundergust liar.” Ben Franklin

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Begging, panhandling, the terms usually bounces through my mind with ease and out comes a negative judgement when I see those that are organized panhandlers near exit ramps of area freeways. The captive audience looks away while waiting for the red light to turn green. A very few offer money to a very few panhandlers. I could count on one hand and have fingers left (certainly an inappropriate remark given Gray Wolf’s condition…or is it?) over the number of times I have given to any panhandler. It has been in severely inclement weather and there was no doubt in my mind the person was in throes of desperation to be out there.

Today, as I came off the freeway, I looked ahead to the panhandler’s staging area and saw but one person there. I man ‘confined’ to a wheelchair, with a dog in his lap, a seemingly genuine smile on his face while he waved at passersby. The obvious was in view: wheelchair, artificial limbs, significant scar tissue/skin grafts. A cute dog finished off the image. It dug into my mind as I turned to drive on. It dug further. I had to go back. What!?! ‘I don’t go back for anyone’. But, I did.

Something inspired me to seek a photograph. Something told me I would not be well received. And, I wasn’t. I stood by as he let me know in no uncertain terms he had allowed this once before and was depicted as a loser. I assured him that was not what I had in my mind and that I wanted to photograph him because he was some how part of a special moment for me.

Of course, he looked at me like I was on something. He refused again. I thanked him for his time, bestowed a donation upon him and prepared to depart. Something must have told him I might be different and he asked a few more questions. I explained what I considered SwittersB & Exploring to be about. ‘Ok you can take my picture.” He agreed to a few photos. I took them and he made certain his bio was spelled correctly ‘Gray Wolf…not Grey, GrAy’. He loosened up. I thanked him. He extended his fingerless hand to shake my hand. I accepted and sincerely looked him in the eye and thanked him.  I haven’t said why…I think you know why. Certain things are real…some are almost real…and many are not even close. Gray Wolf was real (and Leonidas) was special too).




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