See something, do something
The opportunity to help someone often appears unexpectedly during one’s life time. And often the opportunity is simply not recognized and/or sometimes it is inconvenient for one to become involved.
Serving others in need is what makes us human and gives us a life sustenance for the soul as it were. But often one is driven by emotional inertia – we’re on a mission – and our “thinking cap” is not tightly fastened.
One’s “presence” of mind at those times can be over-ridden by one’s emotional inertia. The car ahead is blocking the path while the passenger and driver change seats. . .and they are slow to do it. One’s emotional inertia pushes one’s buttons. . .creating impatience and judgmental thoughts.
Instead, if one had “presence” one might be thinking if a need existed for one’s assistance. Is that car’s driver having nausea, a heart palpation or other need of assistance? Instead of “get out of my way” one’s thoughts could ask “Do they need my help?”
Of course this doesn’t apply to everyone. A woman at night alone might not want to inquire about assisting someone. But a young able bodied man would have little or no excuse.
Even so, life experiences build confidence. A lack of experience can be an obstacle to confidence. Regardless, one should recognize the slippery slope of emotional inertia and one’s lack of “presence” if they want to become a better person.
The answer is to try to become more aware, more thoughtful and more “can do” during each day. Try now, try tomorrow and try always.