The rain was coming down in steady sheets when I looked through the box of supplies I’d purchased from Staples and noticed I was missing a few things. I put what I had in the book bags I’d taken at work to fill for charity. Then, I went upstairs to shower.
My morning walk will have to include a stop today, I thought as I climbed into the shower.
By the time I came out, the sun was beaming down. I let its rays shine on my face for a moment before I put on my sunglasses to protect my eyes, which were still reacting poorly to light following a concussion.
I walked one thousand steps to the optimum store to replace a cable box that died after a brief power outage. Then, I made it more than 15 hundred to Dollar Tree. By then, my knee began slipping, my hips started to burn and my lower spine pulsated in pain. My feet were numb too. But, I was thrilled that I’d gotten to the store without leaning on my cane.
I thought about something Dr. Martin Luther King jr. said as I grabbed the other school supplies I needed. “Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”
As I hobbled home with the sun hitting the sweat on my brow and back I knew my decision to help other far outweighed any discomfort I felt.
I thought, some child will be able return back to school and get an education without poverty standing in their way. at least for a time.
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