In business we are constantly facing challenges. These past few months it has been the Covid-19 and the disruptive protests. The elections are coming up in a few months and we are bombarded with half-truths, making it hard to know who or what to believe.We can add to that a very high unemployment rate which is causing a lot of grief for families and communities.
As small business leaders I believe that we have to take action; we have a responsibility to grow and help others to see the opportunities that are still available to us. We have to believe and act knowing that the best is yet to come.
We cannot be “down” so therefore, we must stand “up” and lift those around us with a smile, support and a “hand-up” as often as possible.
An experience my friend had this afternoon is the reason for this message.
My friend was entering the parking lot of a grocery store when she heard someone honking their car horn. She saw a car slowly backing out of a handicap parking place and another car was approaching that area. Instead of stopping to allow the person to back out, the other driver drove behind the car and started honking the horn. The other car continued slowly moving out and stopped when they backed into the car behind them.
The accident, although minor was totally avoidable as there was no one behind the car that was honking. Backing up would have made it a better day for everyone! The person who got hit jumped out of his car and started toward the driver of the other car. As the driver open the door and got out, my friend saw that he was an elderly man and the much younger man “got right in his face” and starting yelling. My friend parked her car and started toward the scene. Another lady stepped between the two men and asked the other driver to stop yelling.
The following is the text I received from my friend about an hour later.
“He was being verbally abused by the guy he hit. Which he barely hit. Then the guy started screaming obscenities at him and at the first lady that stepped in to help. The guy was parked in handicap parking and was backing out super slow. Anyway, the lady that helped first called the police because the guy was being so aggressive to her. I just helped the older guy that was backing out. I called his family and stayed with him. Police came. They were very nice. The old guy was so sweet and he was crying having just buried his wife last week.”
Let’s do the right thing. Lead by example, be considerate, and respect all human beings. Since there’s no way of knowing what someone else is going through or has experienced recently, just make it a rule of thumb to be kind! Find opportunities to help!
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