Reaching Out…

This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt. The prompt today is “reach.”

In this strange world of random food shortages, I was delighted to see that there were a few cartons of milk on the shelf.

Only one problem – they were right at the back and I couldn’t reach.

It’s the story of my life. Supermarkets are not designed for small people.

I can’t count the number of times I’ve had to climb the shelves or have a kind shop worker come to my aid, but this time there was no way to get it and no-one else in sight.

I hovered in the aisle for a couple of minutes until another customer headed in my direction. He looked tall enough to help, and, although asking strangers to help is not something I feel particularly comfortable about, I wanted that milk.

I asked if he could get one for me and he was happy to help. I marvelled at the ease with which he reached to the back of the top shelf. Then he smiled and picked up another carton for himself: “Thanks, I hadn’t seen that there. I need one too.”

It was an encouraging reminder that we need each other, that we are not meant to live life independently. He brought the height and I brought the observation skills, but by working together we both got what we needed.

It can take courage to reach out to others – either to ask for help or to offer help – but sometimes it can bring blessing on both sides.

After all, working together is how God designed life to work: “Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.”” (1 Corinthians 12:20-21 NLT)


22 thoughts on “Reaching Out…

  1. Prop forwards can have trouble, too.

    Automobiles are not designed
    for rugger-monsters just like me,
    and if you ride with me you’ll find
    together’s not the place to be,
    for you’ll be squashed against the door,
    and it’s worse if you’re in back,
    for my seat takes all your floor,
    slid hard against its rearward track.
    Controls were not made for these hands
    with fingers like banana-bunch
    which so often unseen land
    on what can only be a hunch
    to turn full chat the radio
    when aircon’s where I sought to go.

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  2. Being a little taller, I love when people ask for help in reaching for something, especially in supermarkets. It always provided a bit of conversation which made my shopping more interesting. You are so right – we all need one another so may we be willing to reach out to one another!

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  3. A great example of how each of us has different gifts that can be used to help one another, Lesley. It’s hard for me to ask for help, too, but I’m working on it. I think it actually makes the other person feel more needed and useful. 🙂 Love and blessings to you!

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    1. Thanks, Trudy! Yes, I think people often like to be asked for help. I’m usually happy to help when someone asks me and I imagine most others feel the same. Love and blessings to you too!

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  4. I have to ask for help for those things high on the shelves too. 🙂 Last week someone asked my husband for help, but I noticed that he wasn’t but about an inch taller than the woman who asked him. lol. Nonetheless, he was able to reach the item for her, and got one for me too. 🙂 (I can’t even remember now what it was!)

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  5. That’s me too. I’m almost always needing to ask for help reaching stuff in the grocery store.
    Your encounter with the tall man who reached the milk for you made me smile.

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    1. Thanks, Sandra! It’s funny that so many of us struggle with this, based on the comments. You’d think it would be worth redesigning supermarkets to help us!


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