As It Happens

Kaci’s Corner – Humanity

Every single time you help someone stand up, you are helping humanity rise.

Steve Maraboli


I have found that it is quite easy in life to forget that every person I encounter truly is my brother and sister and that I am dealing with a fellow human being who is going through a similar experience in life as I myself am, handling some of the very same issues, feeling some of the very same joys and sorrows. When I take the time to see the humanity within those I meet, I cannot help but feel compassion towards them. And when I feel compassion towards my fellow man, it becomes easy to help them to stand back up when they fall or are in need of a hand.

Every day of our lives, we have numerous opportunities to connect with other humans and enrich both of our lives significantly. And as Steve points out, in doing so, we additionally are helping the whole of humanity to rise and to grow stronger. We are helping the world to become a better place and a better experience for all of us here.

It may be easy for us to categorize those we meet each day, example: this is a cashier at the convenience store, this is my waitress, this is the bartender at the club. But no one is exempt. We all have feelings, dreams, and perspectives on life that are just as valid as the next.

As a human race if we could all just pause and help those around us and recognize the humanity within others – their thoughts, hopes, fears, dreams, ambitions, desires, and suffering – then extend a helping hand and a compassionate heart.

Imagine what the world would be like if we all recognized and respected other people.

These past few weeks with the tragedies that have taken place is a prime example of humanity at its finest where men and women didn’t hesitate to jump in and help their fellow brother and sister in a time of crises. This action and compassion need to overflow into other people we meet each day. Mother Theresa would say “Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you”.

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