Can you show love to someone you don’t know? Can you help someone who isn’t related to you without expecting even as little as thank you from the person? Can you give your time and resources to someone who in future may become ungrateful?

I watched a South African drama film, “LITTLE ONE” yesterday. Movies hardly move me emotionally (after all everything is scripted and acted) but this one tugged my very soul until I vowed to share it with you. Often times, we are faced with difficult choices. What if I do this and it turns out bad? What if I help and it backfires? Watching Lindiwe Ndlovu made me realize that it’s OK to take risks. It’s OK to worry but that shouldn’t stop us from trying.

Imagine this: You’re driving one evening or strolling and suddenly you see a battered child of about five years by the road side. Not knowing whether she’s dead or alive, you rush her to the hospital. Not caring whether the police will accuse you of being responsible for harming the child or the hospital will accept the child.

Let’s say you get past all these hurdles, the child lives. You again go out of your way to find out why the child became a victim of violence; all this while the child is staying with you. Alas, you must return the child to her mother knowing you’ll never see her again having gone through a lot to keep her. Well, that’s what Lindiwe did.

You might be faced with something different from the scenario above; perhaps not as extreme as this or even worse.  Try not to walk away from every opportunity life gives you to lend a helping hand. The last time you made someone smile, how did you feel? I am so sure that whatever it is you felt was nowhere near sadness.

Don’t let experiences overshadow the goodness in you. Learn from them and see better ways to work around them. Make a vow to help at least one person every week. Mind you, it doesn’t have to be monetary; there are many more things you can do.


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