While I was huffing and puffing away on a cool evening jog around my neighborhood, I noticed a stalled car. The hazard lights were flashing, and the gold sedan’s owner was no where to be found.
Making my way back home (otherwise known as my favorite part of the run), I saw the car still quietly sitting in the middle of the street. This time I noticed a young woman sitting on the curb.
“Is everything OK?” I asked, wondering if she wanted company while waiting for a tow truck.
“Yes, but this bunny is very hurt,” she replied while cradling the injured animal in a purple and green checked blanket.
I never even noticed the precious life she was comforting in her lap.
In between shallow breaths from both of us, and a few more questions, I found out that this sweet little rabbit was attacked by a cat. She witnessed the event from her car, stopped the harm, scooped up the bunny, and called animal control to come for help.
Eventually, she let me know she felt fine waiting on her own. As my feet started to slowly pitter-patter over the pavement, I heard her say, “Thank you for asking me if I needed help.” I left with a freshly warmed heart and a hope that the bunny would be OK.
Think about that — everyone wants to be heard, recognized, and understood. Next time you get the bubbly feeling of inspiration to reach out — do it. You could be the one that makes all the difference.
Compassion is such a beautiful gift that lives inside of us all — it is up to you when to share it. The love and selflessness she poured into helping that animal overwhelmingly warms my heart.
The world can send us messages that we appear different than one another…sometimes too different to care, help, say “Hi,” make a difference.
I promise you, we’re all much more alike than you think. Let’s make a resolution to help when we can, as much as we can, in all situations. Share your compassion, it will never run out!