I was behind my apartment and saw a young man intentionally throw a glass bottle in the middle of the alley. As soon as he realized I saw him, he ran away. I walked to where the broken bottle was and picked up as many pieces as I could and threw them in the dumpster.
As I returned to my apartment I wondered why he would do such a thing. Why would he want to cause upset to someone who gets a flat tire or possibly pain and injury to a pet that may step on the broken shards? And, maybe he did not think about the consequences of his actions. Perhaps he just shattered the bottle as a joke or because he was bored.
We are all at different levels of awareness about how the actions we take impact others. I am so grateful to have learned what I put out comes back to me. I’m glad I care because no matter what anyone else does I am completely responsible for my thoughts, words, attitudes, and actions.
We cannot control or change anyone but ourselves. So the way for us to move past the unconscious actions of others, is to do everything within our power to right the wrongs we see. No one has to know or see the actions we take, like picking up the broken glass. God sees. And that is most important.