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Sat Nov 17, 2012, 11:55 PM

Been drinkin'. Been thinkin'...

No matter your situation, there is ALWAYS someone whose life is worse than yours. Then again, what seems bad to you might seem like paradise to someone else...

I had an experience the other day that really put things into a different perspective for me... I was guiding my truck between two buildings. On the left was a Mexican restaurant and on the other was a beauty parlor. Suddenly, from the back of the restaurant came a man on prosthetic legs. He had shorts on, and was walking on those legs using nothing more than a cane. I thought to myself that he deserved mass props for adapting to his situation, when one of his shoes slipped on the wet pavement (it was raining here in the mountains) and he fell. He not only fell, but rolled because he didn't have any control until his body hit the ground, and his cane wound up out of his reach.

I set the brakes on my truck and jumped out. As I approached him, lying on the ground and reaching for his cane, I asked "Can I help?". I knew better than to ask him a question that might make him seem like he wasn't able to help himself. He said "No thanks, I got it", and was able to not only get his cane, but get back up on top of his prosthetic legs...

I don't know how he came to have prosthetic legs... but I DO know that he'd adapted to a bad situation and was making the best of it.

Sometimes we would do well to thank our lucky stars for what we have and dedicate ourselves to looking out for those whose lives might not ever have the advantages we do.

I'm not talking about bullshit like republican vs democrat... I'm talking about people helping people.

I've seen more than a few times people whose posts at DU were of the "I'm not helping a republican no matter what" type. I would NEVER ask him if he was a republican before offering a hand...

See people as human beings rather than republicans VS democrats... MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE.

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Reply Been drinkin'. Been thinkin'... (Original post)
cherokeeprogressive Nov 2012 OP
Voice for Peace Nov 2012 #1
rhett o rick Nov 2012 #2
CaliforniaPeggy Nov 2012 #3
Marie Marie Nov 2012 #4
frazzled Nov 2012 #5
sabrina 1 Nov 2012 #7
frazzled Nov 2012 #15
MrMickeysMom Nov 2012 #6
LittlestStar Nov 2012 #8
mozan Nov 2012 #9
Iwillnevergiveup Nov 2012 #10
mick063 Nov 2012 #11
Contrary1 Nov 2012 #12
lexw Nov 2012 #13
Hamlette Nov 2012 #14
PatSeg Nov 2012 #16

Response to cherokeeprogressive (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 11:59 PM

1. thank you

Even when things are hard, there's a lot to appreciate.

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Response to cherokeeprogressive (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 11:59 PM

2. Been drinkin so's as to not be thingin. nm

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Response to cherokeeprogressive (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 12:00 AM

3. And you just helped make our world a better place, my dear cherokeeprogressive...

Blessings on you.

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Response to cherokeeprogressive (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 12:07 AM

4. Beautiful thought and a reminder to us all.

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Response to cherokeeprogressive (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 12:07 AM

5. I'll drink what you're drinking

What you just said is what my mother always told us: there is always someone who has bigger problems than you. And it's what I remember telling my daughter (who at a certain age felt life was very unfair because she had a hearing impairment).

I know most of us don't dedicate ourselves to looking out for people on a full time basis, but if you're in the situation, or you can find some time to volunteer, it is not only a civic duty and a moral duty, but a favor you do for yourself. I remember when I was a young woman, in my early 20s, and a drunk fell down in the street in front of me on a crowded street in New York. And he didn't get up. And people were just passing him by. So I bent down, and helped him up, and took him inside a coffee shop a few doors down, and bought him a cup of coffee. I was just a young girl and this was an old, grungy drunk. And it was the best I'd felt in a long time.

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Response to frazzled (Reply #5)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 12:44 AM

7. My mom too, she always reminded us how lucky we were

compared to so many other people in the world.

I love what you did for that man. I remember, taking my mom at her word, when I was about five years old, inviting a homeless man into the house and deciding I would cook for him. My mom had just gone next door for a minute, and when she returned she found me with this stranger in the house and was shocked. She gave him some food and he left, then she told me 'don't ever invite strangers into the house again'. I was confused, lol, I thought when she told us we should always be kind to the poor and less fortunate, she meant it.

I guess when you're five you don't realize your limitations. Lol.

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Response to sabrina 1 (Reply #7)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 11:04 AM

15. I love that story!

I can just imagine your mother's shock to see you'd invited a scrappy stranger into your house! And then her quandary in finding the line between being kind and being risky. That's an adorable story.

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Response to cherokeeprogressive (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 12:16 AM

6. I think we say one thing and do another, CP...

I don't think most of uf consider R versus D when acting randomly and kindly to others... I keep thinking we live on this little blue dot and if all of a sudden someone could be helped, then why not take the opportunity.

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Response to cherokeeprogressive (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 12:55 AM

8. I always assume people might be repubs and help them anyway. That way its all a bonus

if they end up being dems/progressives. I am not religious, I am a scientist on every level, but I do think we have a sort of karmic responsibility to help other people.

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Response to cherokeeprogressive (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 01:52 AM

9. helping

It is always better to help first then worry about who you are helping. Karma is real.

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Response to mozan (Reply #9)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 02:07 AM

10. Welcome to DU, mozan

I like the way you think.

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Response to cherokeeprogressive (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 02:17 AM

11. Hate to get off topic

 


But long ago I used to love those lyrics:


"I've been drinkin and I've been thinkin" is the first line of lyrics in the song "Blacktown Boogie" by the Australian Band called "Dragon"

Not a racial thing as there is a city in Australia named Blacktown.

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Response to cherokeeprogressive (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 02:34 AM

12. My husband and I are very fortunate...

We are not wealthy, but we have enough to be able to help others at times.

We helped pay (anonymously) for prescriptions for a man who could not afford a full month's worth.

Bought a car battery for a woman who was stranded with children in Indianapolis during Black Expo.

My husband paid for gas so that a woman and her kids could get get just 50 miles farther and home.

What bothers me, is that those who are against "socialism", are the first to proclaim that we should take care of one another via "charity".

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Response to cherokeeprogressive (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 02:36 AM

13. Great story!

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Response to cherokeeprogressive (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 02:45 AM

14. I've had two similar incidents

I was on crutches feeling sorry for myself when I saw a man in a wheel chair. I was behind him but he turned his head and he was smiling. As I passed him, I noticed his seeing eye dog. I felt to small.

My favorite was I was stopped at a light. Car to the right of me filled with young boys (teens) car to the right of me filled with teen aged girls. They were flirting. Looked up and saw a blind man at the curb attempting to cross but too unsure to do it. I was thinking "these spoiled kids don't know anything, have everything...." when one of the teen aged boys got out of their car to help the young blind man cross the road. I cried I was so touched. Sometimes its the little things. . .

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Response to cherokeeprogressive (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 12:21 PM

16. Thanks for this

We have to be careful that we don't become what we profess to hate. I try to keep an open mind. There are days when it is hard, but I can't view the whole world through a political prism, at least not ALL the time.

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