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Day 312: Survey: Do You Help the Stranger at Your Door?

Would you help the stranger that just showed up? This stranger scenario happened to me the other day and I decided to turn it into a give. My intuition felt this stranger was not a danger and I so glad I did lend a hand.


If  a stranger knocked on your door and asked to borrow the phone (as they were lost and didn’t have a mobile phone) would you:

1) Look through the peep hole and pretend you weren’t home as you didn’t know who it was.

2) Put the chain on the door, open it a crack and tell them you were busy.

3) Let them in and offer them your phone.

Day 312: Give 312

I got a knock on my door in the middle of the afternoon yesterday just as I was putting my son down for his nap. The dogs started barking and my first thought was to ignore the knock. Instead I decided to deal with the situation. There was a women standing at my door and I was sure she was there to sell me something. But instead she asked a simple favour. She was on her way to visit friends and was lost. She did not have her mobile phone with her and could she please borrow my phone to call them.

Even though my cautious mind was quickly running all the scenarios through my head of what could go wrong I quickly got my phone and offered a helping hand.

Do you remember a time in our world when neighbours used to help each other without thinking about it?

Our front doors could be left open and the children played freely on the front yard and in the neighbourhood? I grew up in a place and time just like that – and no I didn’t live in the country. Now we worry about our children being snatched from right under our noses, our homes being robbed, our cars being stolen and privacy is the main objective.

Why not take a risk next time and help your fellow neighbour?

If we all did one thing to help a neighbour or stranger just maybe they would in turn think to do the same and being kind and thoughtful would become the norm rather than living in the fear that a stranger is out to get us.

Answer the survey in the comments section and tell us a positive story about the last time you help a neighbour or stranger.

Time Commitment: 5 minutes

Cost: 0

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