Every day we cross paths with strangers witnessing their unexpected needs of help.
You do not know this individual until he can’t pay for the items he is supposed to buy.
She might be a single mom who’s struggling to pay for her bills, or maybe she’s an addict who spent her kid’s diaper money on drugs.
Or she might be a scammer trying to take advantage of kind-hearted strangers. There’s no way to be sure.
What should you do?
A viral collection of stories about strangers helping strangers in the checkout line demonstrates what it looks like when people choose to “do good recklessly”—you can’t help but be in awe.
The Viral Stories
Facebook user Ashley Westover posted screenshots that have been shared more than 80,000 times.
Only a three-word response summed up the whole fascinating thread: “Do good recklessly.”
Isn’t that the best life motto? Print it on t-shirts. Display it on the walls. Tattoo it on biceps. DO GOOD RECKLESSLY.
Try to imagine a world where people gave one another the benefit of the doubt more often than not. A world where we only expect the best in people. Would we be taken advantage of?
Probably. Would we be helping people more often than we were being deceived? I do hope so.
These stories bring out the kindness in humanity that we forget to believe in. Situations like these when assuming the worst may leave someone feeling alone and hopeless.
Imagine a world where more people did well recklessly. Would we all want to live in that kind of world?