How to Save The World in Five Minutes Or Less

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Karyn Connor

Senior Editor @ GoneWithTheWord

This week, I had to have my annual physical checkup including my least favorite part: blood work.

Thankfully, my doctor’s office employs the most talented nurses who are able to stick the needle in without so much as a pinch, every time. I joked with her (only partially joking, truth be told) that she should freelance her services out. I gladly would have paid her whatever she wanted if she had been willing to do all my pregnancy blood work. For anyone who has had a baby, you know that this means you are essentially a pincushion for nine months.

Then, she told me something spectacular. She lives in a condo not far from the doctor’s office. This building is home to many seniors who use the doctor’s office where she works. When she knows they need blood work done, she will often stop by in the morning, take their blood in their condos and then carry it down to the office to be processed. 

She says that it is hard for the seniors to get around so she tries to help out a bit.

Near my friend’s home in High Park, there is a mom-and-pop drycleaner who has a sign in his window that says: “If you are unemployed and need a suit cleaned for an interview, we will do it for free.”

Wow! Two people making a difference in strangers’ lives. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great to help out your friends and family. I’m Scottish myself and my family is very clan-mentality, but helping out other people with no expectation of compensation is the greatest act of charity.

Yesterday I was fixing my morning coffee at my favorite community roaster when a woman and I reached for the sugar at the same time. Although I had been at the station first, I told her to go ahead. She looked at me and said: “Good. I’m in a hurry and obviously you’re not.” She fixed her coffee and left. I shook my head. What a strange way to say thank you.

We need people to feel a part of their community. We need to return to the notion that strangers can be people to be relied upon when needed. I have no illusions about creating a utopian society, or an attempt to create a Norman Rockwell world.

I simply want people to take a minute out of their day to say thank you for a kind gesture—or even better, to offer up a kind gesture of their own. 


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