Do you have one person who makes you want to be a better person?
It’s hit me slowly, but I’m realizing I do – Sam (Med-Boy – I decided I don’t like that nickname, so I’m dropping it).
Sometimes, out of the blue, we’ll be in the middle of a conversation and he just says something and I look at him and think “God, I am so lucky to have found someone who thinks like I do.” Or I’ll just kind of look at him and I know I have this goopy look on my face because what he’s just said makes me so happy to be with him.
I think it hit me most prominently on Sunday. We were at Giant Eagle and the food bank was there, handing out lists of what they needed. So, I grabbed a double pack of peanut butter for them. And, as I always do, I used my reusable bags (which, I have an impressive collection, if I do say so myself). Sam made a comment on the way out, which was said in a total joking matter, about how much good I had just done in that one trip, donating to the food bank and saving the environment by using my cloth bags. And I laughed.
But then I realized I wanted to be a better person for him.
But then it hit me again this afternoon. I was coming down East Street on the North Side and there was a homeless man walking down the side of the road. And I had extra water bottles from an event I had just come from. So I gave him one. It’s not much to me – I didn’t pay for it, they were sitting in my car. But who knows what it meant to him.
And it hit me that I want to be a better person for me.
I want to know that I’m being the best that I can be because I can. Not because I’m trying to prove something to someone. I’m certainly encouraged by Sam, but if he disappeared tomorrow (please God that he doesn’t), but if he did – I think I would still want to be a better person.
But he certainly sparked something. Because he’s right – no one should be without a roof over their heads or without something to eat. And I have been blessed with an abundance of both of those things. Everything else is really just a blessing.
So, today, I ask you to pass the blessing on. It doesn’t have to be big – it can be as simple as purchasing a $3 double pack of peanut butter. But do you how many sandwiches can be come from one of those jars?
To quote Shel Silverstein: “How much good inside a day? Depends on how good you live ’em.”