As a way to rest and reflect, I'll temporarily be pausing Pink Dryer Lint for the remainder of the calendar year. Each day I'll post one old blog entry until we reach 2013. Think of it like leftovers that taste even better the second time around!
Blog Pause Day 1: This was a post that I had forgotten entirely until I discovered it in the archives. It's a good reminder for me -- and perhaps for you, too!
Originally Posted February 17, 2012
He approaches me from the back of the bus and motions to the bag on my
shoulder, the tripod in my left hand, and the hefty camera case in my
right. "Please, let me carry that for you."
We're headed in the same direction -- the same classroom, to be exact.
This particular student of mine extends a polite greeting each morning
and offers a thank you, professor at the conclusion of every
class -- even the boring ones -- without fail. His college experience
will be split in half this summer when he returns to his home country to
fulfill a two-year mandatory military service, and then he'll return to
complete his credits and graduate.
I'm so accustomed to doing things myself that I almost decline his
offer, but I get my wits about me, accept, and gratefully hand over the
bulky tripod. As we walk to class together I'm aware of how much
lighter my load is when another person carries a portion of it for me.
Too often I shirk opportunities to let people help me, falling into my default responses. No, you don't need to bring anything. It's okay, I'll take care of it. Don't worry, I've got this covered.
It's much more graceful to accept help when help is needed.