I learned yesterday why it is that most people hard do the right thing. It is not the decline of morals, ethics, or an unwilling to try. It is simply because it is hard, takes effort, and most importantly time. In this modern era of technology people seem like they are more concerned with what is happening on the interweb. I am guilty of this sometimes also. Some people make me look like I am trapped back in the stone age. While racing was going on saturday night I saw more people playing on their phones then were watching the race. I am sure a few of them had legit reasoning, but not that many. Why pay to go somewhere if you are just going to play with your phone the whole time? To top it this was on the pit side, which is not the normal $13 to get in its $25 unless you are the drive for which you and the car are $40.
Anyhow I was selling an item on craigslist for a whopping $30. This one couple came and got it Sunday night after I had taken it apart for them. The next afternoon they learned it was kind of confusing to put together so they texted me. I tried to help as much as I could through texts, but they still could not get it together. They seemed surprised when I offered to come over and help put it back together again. (even though it was not Humpty Dumpty) I got the address and headed off into the 90 degree afternoon. Upon arriving it took me about 45 minutes to get it back together for them. This played havoc on my leg pain and I left and headed for work.
I am not telling this to brag or anything like that. It was remarkable how many comments they had about being surprised I even answered the texts, let alone actually helped them out. I simply stated I would like someone else to do the same for me. This got me to pondering if anyone actually would? I have had pretty good luck with buying and selling things on craigslist. Maybe I am one of only a limited few? I did my my lemon of a car from there. When I tried to contact the seller his phone had been disconnected and even the apartment, where I went to see it, was empty. I have since turned the lemon into the best lemonade a 92 Ford Tempo can be made into, but not without a lot of effort and expense.
So back to the title of this post. Most people choose not to do the right thing because it takes time. People seem to really dislike using their time for something other than what they would want to do. People choose not to because it takes effort from something that they deemed better deserving of their energy. People seem to be trapped so much in their own reality they usually miss the real one passing by. It is really cool how surprised people are when you simply want to help them. Whether it’s changing a tire, putting together an item they purchased from you, or even picking up hitch hikers it makes a difference to someone. I am not suggesting everyone has to do these things, but we all need to at least do something. I know I can never change the world for every person, but even if only for a moment maybe I can change one person’s world.