Do you ever worry about the wellbeing of someone older than yourself, someone generally too stubborn to ask for help?
For many older people, maintaining a fierce sense of independence is important, understandably so.
But sometimes, everyone needs a helping hand — and accepting help benefits more than just the recipient. When a person extends help, and another accepts, everyone who witnesses the exchange benefits from watching the beauty unfold.
In the sprawling city of Jinan, China, a small elderly woman clutched her heavy-laden bags and struggled down the busy street.
She was less than 5-feet tall, almost invisible to passersby as she crossed a busy intersection alone.
Her body ached in the chilly winter weather as she lugged the bags onward, each step more difficult than the last.
As she labored down the street, a police officer took notice. He watched as she stumbled and nearly fell, only to resume her course with a weary determination.
Without a word, officer He Xu approached the woman. At 6-feet tall, he towered over her small stature.
The officer spoke softly to the woman, offering his help. She set her heaviest bag on the ground as Xu removed his gloves and tucked them away.
The next moment was heartfelt as Xu lifted the heavy bag off the ground with ease. With his free hand, he reached down to the woman and took her cold, aching hand into his.
The pair walked down the street together, the woman’s load considerably lighter and her heart considerably warmer.
Xu wasn’t satisfied until he’d made sure the woman was home safely. He walked her to her front door, proving that true leadership is found in serving others.
Xu didn’t know that a passerby was filming the sweet act of kindness. The video was posted to the Chinese social media platform Dou Yin, Daily Mail reported, and quickly went viral.
Millions of people have benefited from watching the act of kindness, inspiring others to take the time to lend a helping hand, too.
Kindness doesn’t need to come in forms of money or acts of greatness. Rather, kindness is found in day-to-day ordinary life events, giving us all the opportunity to contribute.
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