That is a question that is quite difficult to answer
Myself, I listen to my inner voice and rely on being observant.
However, it might serve others better if I expound a bit and
perhaps give a few examples others might use as a starting point for their own
journey toward useful and benevolent service to others.
I’ve thought about how I would define this.
And frankly, I’m somewhat perplexed for good examples.
Therefore, I’ve settled on listing some ways that *I* handle these situations and why.
One day as I was going to the local fast food joint to get some lunch, a man
Now, I could have given him some “spare change” or a buck or told him to get a friggin’ job or simply ignored him
and continued on my way.
However, I’m bound by an oath (the nature of which is irrelevant here.
Part of the oath states; (I’m paraphrasing here)
“I will do no conscious harm to another human being and I will try to help those who are lost.”
In my opinion, anyone who is “addicted” to a mood altering substance
Therefore, I am bound by that oath
Understand, on the corner across the street from this fast food joint is a liquor store
And the guy looked like he could use a meal.
So, instead of giving him money, I invited him to have lunch with me, bought him a meal,
Was what I did a help to him?
Well, I happened to run into him while grocery shopping recently and he looked well fed,
I would not have recognized him if he hadn’t walked up to me and thanked me for buying him lunch that day.
It seems that our talk while we were eating,
That chance meeting has served to re-enforce mybelief that helping others is