Lost and need to find your way? There is an app for that. Need to find cheap gasoline? There is an app for that. Want to find out what time the movie starts and buy tickets? There is an app for that. Want to make dinner reservations? There is an app for that. Want to remove 3 feet of snow from your driveway, or shovel your walk? WHAT? No app? What am I going to do? How will I survive without being able to remedy this situation immediately? In other words, what has happened to patience and understanding when circumstance is greater than expected? This past week brought back the reality of not everything being instantly gratified, and not any one person being more important than the other.
Years ago I lived in a condo complex. We had a storm that dumped quite a bit of snow in one big wallop. The wind made huge drifts against the cars in my section. As if that wasn’t enough, the plow packed it up against vehicles building a wall of snow and ice. Although I had a shovel, I didn’t have the physical strength at the time to dig myself out. When the storm ended, everyone ventured out of their units to begin the cleanup. Someone asked to borrow my shovel so that he could clear out his and his wife’s car. After he was finished, without my asking, he cleared away the snow around mine. In return, I cleaned the snow off about a dozen cars. People were smiling, happy, telling jokes, and enjoying the satisfaction of helping others.
That experience has stayed with me and I have retold the story many times. I was so grateful for people, in a situation of inconvenience, being there to help. This week, I saw the same story played out many times on the news. People in several communities worked together to dig out neighbors, the elderly, schools, and numerous cars. Imagine what could be accomplished if people found a way to help each other on regular basis.
We live in a world of instantaneous results. We have forgotten to wait our turn, help our neighbor, and just plain talk to people. A kind word and a helping hand can go a long way in the emotional well-being of so many. Something as basic as the use of a shovel can create a great feeling of accomplishment. Having to wait for the guy who has been plowing for hours, make us appreciate him even more when he arrives on our street or at our home. In one report, a young man in New Haven, CT, who had been shoveling a good part of the day commented, “It’s all about community.” How true. There is no app for that.
Footnote: I don’t own a phone with apps so I may be wrong in my listings. I’m sure someone will let me know differently if I am. : ) Thanks. Angela