I was driving dear daughter to school this morning when I saw a woman that I have seen many mornings. Today her presence and what she was doing resonated with me.
First of all, the neighborhood where I see her is extremely modest; a grouping of duplexes and small apartment buildings. They are rental units, but fairly well maintained.
So, what was she doing and what does she do every morning at 7:30. Sweeping the sidewalk in front of her building in her housecoat. Taking pride and responsibility for the appearance of the city sidewalk and the front of her rental home. Caring.
I though with chagrin about the leaves on the front walk by the porch of the house I own. How I have been seeing them every day, but not taking the five minutes to sweep them away. Not owning the responsibility. Not caring enough.
How does this effect our other actions. Do we ignore the homeless we see sleeping under the overpass? Do we care about the kids going to school without breakfast? Are we doing everything we can to take personal responsibility for our surroundings and the people around us?