Helping someone without expecting anything back

I’m sure all of us have given up opportunities to help someone in need. The most common scenario is probably ignoring people who are asking for money at the side of a road. I used to give a dollar or two when I had the money to spare, I thought, “well, s/he could probably use it more than me right now”. But this was my mindset when I lived in rural Idaho, where begging is very rare. Now that I’m near the heart of a big city in Utah, I’ve been warned that people beg for money as a profession. So ever since, I’ve been reluctant to help people by giving them money,  but that doesn’t stop me from helping people in need in some other ways.

I started up my blog for many reasons, but the most important reasons are to voice myself online and to help people learn coding developing skills. I was brainstorming what a good way to start the blog would be and it came to me after an event today where I took the opportunity to help someone in need without expecting anything back.

Anyway, I just got out of the hospital after a clinic appointment and I climbed into my car to head back to my apartment. (I’m getting treatment for hear failure, but I will go into more detail in another post.) As I exited the hospital’s parking lot (Intermountain Medical Center) I spotted a man and a kid at the side of the road in front of a Costco.  The man was waving around what appeared to be an ID so I got closer to him to see what he needed. As I got close enough I realized that he was holding a refugee ID. I am very familiar with those ID’s because I helped refugees at a school campus last year and became very familiar with them and their struggles. The kid had a cast on his right arm and they had a box full of food items.

With their broken English they managed to ask me if I could give them a ride back to their apartment. This isn’t the first time I’ve given refugees a ride somewhere, but I am relatively new to the area so I was reluctant at first. After a brief thought, I let them know they could come in. I could not leave them on their own with a heavy box of food. I wasn’t able to communicate much with them because they only knew very little English, but I do know that they came from Iraq. They were very appreciative for helping them get to their house safely and that is all I needed in return for helping them.

If you ever have the opportunity to help someone then do it. It’s very rewarding and you will be shaping the kind of world you want to live in, where people help those that are in need.  Maybe one day you will be in their shoes, you never really know.


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4 Responses

  1. The feeling of happiness you get from helping someone so sincerely.. does it have a name? I don’t know what feels better 🙂 And it gets better thinking that all the little good things in your life are just the good you’ve spread to others being reflected back at you. Thanks for the post!

    • Aaron says:

      Yes, indeed! I wasn’t always a “good” person. In my younger years I was not the nicest person in town until I saw my own reflection in people is when I decided to change. Ever since then my reflection has been great and I feel happier helping people before myself. Thanks for your comment!

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