In this day and age we (especially women) pride ourselves on being independent. We have a nothing-can-conquer-me attitude. I'm queen of DIY at my place. Repairs, maintenance and making stuff are all in my realm.
Today I found myself having to make a repair on my bicycle. Upon rummaging through the toolbox I found I did not have the right size nut and bolt. Rather than leave it until I could get to the hardware shop I decided to pay a visit to my elderly neighbour to see if he had one. My shocking Japanese and the fact that I have never knocked on their door before didn't stop me. I am so glad I did.
My neighbour was all too happy to help. He spent a good twenty minutes assisting - in fact he did the whole job for me! I was pleased to get it done of course (and yes it was just a matter of tightening a couple of nuts which I could've done had I had the right parts). But more than anything I think my neighbour was mighty chuffed that I asked for his help. He's in his eighties, long since retired and not all that active apart from his daily walks. It probably gave him quite a sense of purpose.
So I guess my question is, when was the last time you reached out a hand to a neighbour or asked for a simple favour? It goes a long way toward making the world a happier place.