When hurricanes strikes or a mad gun man kills innocent people we want to help. We see pictures of people suffering, people lost with looks of despair and we want to do something about it. Anyone who claims to have a heart, a soul, a feeling of human brotherhood wants to alleviate the suffering or at least put these people on the road to recovery so the world can return to what we call normal and continue with the pursuit of happiness instead of digging out from the mess of an insane situation.
I want to help. But I don’t have the skills of those people who respond to these tragedies. Those people can offer medical aid, resolve food and shelter problems, counsel and help folks work through their grief. The truth? I’m not skilled in any of those things desperately needed during those times. I don’t think they need someone like me at ground zero telling people what they need to do or spouting off slogans I once saw on a t-shirt.
There are ways I could help. Donating resources is the easiest. Relief efforts don’t last long without some kind of financial backing to bring supplies and people to any relief effort. Many times it is food and clothing that’s asked for making helping even easier.
Perhaps I could pray, maybe more than once with thought and feeling behind it. It may not be popular with a few enlightened sophisticates but it can’t be too harmful to ask for the help of a higher power to have mercy on suffering that is well beyond my understanding.
I have to admit that making donations and praying doesn’t give me the same full satisfaction that I think a hands on experience would. But then what is the objective here? 1) To help someone going through the throes of Hell? or 2) Is it to improve my feeling of self-worth? That’s a pretty easy choice.
Maybe the first thing I need to do is check in with reality.
After any horrible event people will start to recover and rebuild their lives. While the rescuers are out doing their job there needs to be people making sure there is an infrastructure still in place. Part of the infrastructure is food and people are going to need food. Milk, cheese, and butter are going to be needed not as indulgences or treats but because they supply important dietary needs. I can supply some of that milk just by doing my job.
I may not be able to comfort the woman crying in the picture. I may not be there to comfort the people who have lost so much. But I can help by doing what doing what I do as well as I can and by looking for groups that I think can benefit these people as they work through their grief and pain. Groups like “Feeding America”, a nationwide network of food banks. These are the best things I can do.
I just milk cows but I can do a lot to help those going through the worse times of their lives.
- John W. Wright of Wright, Inc. Dairy in Wendell