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January 14, 2012

Remaining Engaged

I've gotten into the habit of waking to work listening to my Ipod. And while I don't play it so loud that I can't hear what's going on around me, I do recognize that I don't see the little things that the city has to offer, people don't say hello or smile, I find myself less engaged in the community.

My Ipod has 251 songs on it. This sounds like a lot. But over 4 to 5 months, I've pretty much heard everything on it and I'm getting pretty tired of the play list. One night, leaving work, I decided not wear my headphones, instead, going "commando" so as to enjoy the night and the breeze.

Standing in the street next to the curb was a woman, crying out for help. She needed a bathroom (and a little help stepping up onto the curb). Supporting her under the arm, I led her into the lobby of the hospital to the ladies rest room. She had waited so long to go that she was crying in pain, tears running down her cheeks.

It was a small gesture, really, helping someone in need. If I had been wearing my headphones, would she have called out to me? Would I have been as receptive to help? Is this the same for all of us who tune into a world of our own choice? Is it the case for so many who walk down the street, eyes on our cell phones?

I must say that the experience lightened my heart. It was the end of a long day at work, on my feet all day, and I was tired. I was ready to go home. But taking an extra 5 to 10 minutes out of my evening to help someone energized me for the rest of the night. She got relief, but I believe I got much more.

Posted by linda at January 14, 2012 8:42 AM

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