A man standing outside of Dollar General asked me for fifty cents and I paid him with my thoughts and prayers. This is what I learned about the cost of being a bystander.
Never be too lazy to help others.
Man outside of Dollar General: “Miss I need .50 cents. Can you help me?”
Me: I had the change. Did I give it to him? No…
It was laziness that prevented me from reaching in my purse and giving him the change. While walking away from the store, my thoughts and prayers began fill my heart. I also reflected on my personal financial debts, concerns and family members. Although I carelessly dismissed his request , I sincerely wished that someone else would stop and help him reach his goal.
Perspective is key. Don’t be a bystander.
I am sharing this experience with you because being bystander has consequences. In this moment I was a spectator attempting to mentally defuse the responsibility to someone else coming from the store. This experience taught me that life isn’t about helping my friends and family circles and ignoring others needs. I lost common courtesy for the common man and consequently lost my pocket-money.
Karma will come for you.
Several hours later, I decided to take a twenty-minute bike ride to the Philadelphia Art Museum. After returning the bike to the Indego Bike Share station, I went to the ice cream truck and bought water and Gatorade. I stuffed my cash back into my disorganized purse and walked away to my next destination. Somewhere between the ice cream truck and the journey to the bar I lost my fifteen dollars for drinks.
Looking back, I couldn’t allow myself to be upset about losing money after committing a moral blunder earlier in the day. After drowning my liver and wasting the money I “didn’t have” I felt obligated to shed light on the selfishness in being a bystander. After this experience I believe it is my duty to support and nurture others outside of personal circles.