Over the years I have found the CBS “On the Road” Series to be not only inspiring, but attitude-changing. The video clips are less than 3-minutes long, but I watch them over and over to help me become a better, kinder, and more compassionate person. During this time of pandemic isolation, I invite you to join me in enjoying them. I offer a few comments BEFORE and AFTER your viewing. I’d love to hear from you with your comments: firstname.lastname@example.org. Fr. Med Laz
Fr. Med’s Comments BEFORE Watching the Video:
Our true character is revealed in times of adversity.
People of character do the right thing even if no one else does, not because they think it will change the world, but because THEY REFUSE TO BE CHANGED BY THE WORLD.
Greg Dailey is a newspaper delivery man in Central New Jersey. He has been throwing the morning news from his car on people’s driveway for years. One day an elderly woman asked Greg to please pull in and throw the paper closer to her garage. With the coronavirus pandemic, Greg wondered how people like this woman could get groceries when they could not get to the end of their driveway.
So Greg sent a note along with the newspaper one morning: “I’m Greg Dailey, your newspaper delivery man. I’m offering my services, free of charge, to anyone who needs groceries delivered.” Please watch the video to see what happens……
Fr. Med’s Comments AFTER Watching the Video:
Greg Dailey said he did not do any volunteer work before the coronavirus hit. In fact, he says that he did not even do grocery shopping for himself.
When asked if he would stop delivering groceries after the pandemic is over, it seems that Greg does not want to lose the warm feeling he has inside or the great joy he feels in his heart. As he says, “There is just something great about doing something really nice for other people.” One woman even commented about Greg, “He is the closest thing to God!”
The true test of character is not how much we know how to do, but how WE BEHAVE when we DON’T KNOW what to do. As Mother Teresa said: “Your true character is most accurately measured by how you treat those who can do ‘nothing’ for you.”
Think of a situation when you felt warm inside and a great joy in your heart because you did something like Greg Dailey is doing.