So I just happened to see Memphis, Tennessee briefly trending earlier today on Facebook (it appears to have already dropped half an hour after I first saw it), and so I obviously had to see what was going on. I was thrilled to see it was for another positive news story. I decided I had to provide information here at The Wise Guise on this young man named Chauncy and how you can be a part of changing this young man’s life. I also wanted to provide a challenge as a conclusion. I hope you take the time to read it and consider it before going on with your day.
It all started, as I see it, when a man at a grocery store took the time to actually listen to someone asking for help instead of quickly turning them away. He helped a cool kid named Chauncy meet an immediate need but, after taking him home and seeing the reality of Chauncy’s every day life, the man decided to take the time to do more… something most everyone reading this could just as easily do in one way or another.
Here is his original Facebook post.
I just met the most inspiring person ever. His name is Chauncy Jones. He’s a 16 year old from Memphis. He had taken the…
What Matt found was a kid making straight A’s with dreams of owning his own business one day so that he could help people in his neighborhood sleeping on the floor and going hungry. After his story picked up some steam, a GoFundMe page was made, which can be found here. I’d also urge you to visit the page and browse the updates as well as watch the video below…
Now I am 1000% on board with helping this kid and with rallying around him to build a brighter future. He certainly sounds like he’s more than deserving of all of the attention and support.
But I also want to urge everyone to think about how many Chauncy’s you might come across every day. He certainly seems to be a diamond in the rough, but he’s not the only good kid out there in need of support no matter what you tell yourself. There are lots of people out there just needing a helping hand. I know people have concerns about having their generosity taken advantage of, but us patting ourselves on the back thinking we’re “doing what’s best” for someone when we blow them off is a joke.
No you aren’t. You’re just being lazy and found a justification for yourself. Take a moment to pause and take a step back and look at the bigger picture. We’re so accustomed to saying we don’t carry cash or whatever your preferred choice of blow-off is that it’s just an automated response at this point. We don’t even think about what we’re saying or doing anymore, or even remember that person exists five minutes later. But that person is still there after you’re long gone.
You did a great job of enabling them to not buy drugs or alcohol. You also did a great job of enabling them to stay hungry and hopeless.
I’m absolutely challenging myself while I challenge anyone reading this too. I give people a few bucks from time to time but even then it’s usually about making myself feel better about myself than it is about helping that person in any way if I’m being truly honest. Let’s try to be more active in looking for these opportunities to help someone out. I can assure you that you’ll have to make zero adjustments to your routine. You have to change nothing to bump into these people regularly. And you’re not too busy. I know you’re thinking it but you’re being stupid, just like I’m always being stupid. Not one person reading this is doing anything more important than helping some kid who doesn’t have food and sleeps on the floor. I don’t care what your agenda or to-do list says; it’s not more important.
Maybe set a goal to set a dollar aside every time you bitch and moan about a politician that you’ll add a dollar to your personal action fund. I hear people all the time talking about how politicians are corrupt and aren’t helping anyone and on and on and on. Maybe we start reinvesting that time and energy we spend yelling at each other and complaining and start setting an example. Maybe I’m just a dreamer rambling on. I’m just trying to share a positive news story again and would love to start a conversation in case anyone cares about other people. If you’re unwilling or want to keep telling yourself you’re too busy or that you don’t know if you can trust the people asking for help or whatever, at least find an organization doing legitimate good and support their work. If you don’t know of one, here is one in Memphis and here is one in Nashville. I work at the one in Nashville and can vouch for 86 cents of every dollar helping someone in need. The one provided in Memphis is one I can also very very confidently vouch for and encourage you to support. It doesn’t have to be a special occasion or some internet holiday to do something for someone else and make a contribution somewhere. You can do it anytime and it’ll always help someone. Just a thought.