Do the job right!
I woke up this morning to a short honey-do list, but I had things that I had planned to do today, so I immediately set out to knock this list out as fast as possible. I wanted to do my things, not hers. First item on the list was sweeping the leaves off of the patio. Perfect. Just what I had planned :/
I went out, grabbed the broom, surveyed the situation and laid out my plan of attack. Things went smoothly at first, but as I went along I noticed something and a voice popped into my head. This was taking longer than it should have. What should have been a 5 minute job, was turning into a 20 minute event. That little voice just told me “if the job is worth doing, it’s worth doing right”. I was being meticulous about sweeping these leaves. I was moving all of the furniture, potted plants, the hose, and the table, making sure that I was getting every single leaf and twig out of the way.
Chances are that the tree would drop more leaves before she came home to see my wonderful job, but that did not matter. I was doing the best job that I could because I cared. I cared about the person that I was doing the job for. I know that she could care less if every leaf was gone, but my love for her was being shown by how well I did this job. This is not a half arsed love, it’s the real deal full on kind of love where you put your very best behind it.
As we go through our journey together, learning how to help people and think of others, we need to keep this attitude in mind. No matter if you are doing this as a solo mission or if you are part of a Hunter-Gatherer team, it does not matter how long it takes before you find the right person to give the money to. All that matters is that the job is done right and it goes to the right person. It could take a day, it could take a week. That does not matter as long as it goes to the person that needs it the most.
If we are going to do this job, let’s do it right!
There are people that need help, and they need it now. Tonight. Not next week when they receive their first unemployment check that they have been waiting for. Not in three days when the local church plans to drop off a food basket. Not tomorrow when a relative can cash their check and let them borrow a few dollars. Now. Right now. You can make a difference to these people. Are you on board? Good. We know what we need to do and how much of a difference we can make, but let’s make sure we are doing the right thing.
Let’s outline who we are helping. This is kinda a tough call, and we may need to change these guidelines as we go, but here is a basic start. Please feel free to add something in the comment section if you do not agree or if you have something to add.
-Help those that are trying to help themselves, but need a helping hand.
Ok, that sums that up.
We will not:
-Be an enabler for drinkers or addicts.
-Give to those that survive off of handouts.
-Waste our efforts on those that are not willing to help themselves.
What does this mean?
The person that sat at the bar next to you last week, does not need financial help. They need help learning how to budget their money. Your neighbor that is going through foreclosure because they bought more house than they can afford, does not need your help. They need to learn how to budget their money. The guy that you have worked with for three years that complains about how he is broke every Thursday, does not need your help. He needs to learn how to budget his money.
I will end with a few question.
Have you ever done something for someone that made a difference in their life? How did it make you feel? Please tell me your story in the comments section!