We Can Do Better

By Modupe Akinyemi

Looking out for others seems like a topic that should not even be discussed at all. I mean, everyone should know it is what they should do- be their brothers’ keeper. But with the rampant songs of: ‘I am minding my own business, which has become a threat to looking out for others then, there is a big need to reiterate this casual topic.

We cannot deny the fact that a lot of people have become cranky and grouchy as a result of the increasing unemployment rate, insecurity, poverty, poor infrastructure and other non-encouraging factors in the society which directly focus on hustling and making ends meet. Now, most people are less concerned about others and are focused on minding their business. I should survive first, right? 

While it is a good thing to mind our business- focus on our goals, aspirations etc, we cannot also deny the fact that life will always happen and we will always need the help of others. Have you then ever wondered how you will get help by that time if everyone is minding their own businesses too?

So you see it is a cycle which means you should never mind your business too much to ignore others. 

The first thing we need to understand when it comes to looking out/helping others is the fact that it does need to be big. Little acts of kindness count. As simple as it may seem, when done by many people it adds up to being grandiose and makes a huge difference.

It is important also to always give people the benefit of doubt. Yes, there are terrible people. Yes, there are people who don’t care about you and you are bound to meet those who would want to take advantage of you. Don’t let that dampen the good in you.

Avoid Gossiping about others/don’t share ‘enticing’/sweet gossips about others. You would want to confirm every discussion before lending your voice. It might sound like a juicy and interesting thing to speak ill or elaborate on someone’s errors but it sure hurts the person concerned. Plus, you wouldn’t like it if the same was done to you.

Throw words carefully. The right words can build and put a smile on someone’s face. Wrong words, however, can hurt people and end relationships.

Never get tired of using the five magic words: Hello, Please and thank you. This may be all that is needed to brighten another person’s day.

Truth is the good you do will always come back so DO GOOD!

Source: Above Whispers

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