Some of you have an actual teddy, and some of you have other things that take the place of one. Something that listens to you without judging you, or even talking. It gives no advice, doesn’t try to “solve” everything, doesn’t care if it gets ignored for weeks or even years and is ALWAYS there for you when you need it.
We all need a teddy bear. The world would be a better place if everyone had one. Would you like to borrow mine?
What would it cost you to give someone else a teddy bear today?
Once upon a time when I was in the Army, I had a slight addiction to crane games. You know the things I’m talking about right? You put a coin in the slot and you use a crane to pick something up in the glass enclosure, then it gets dropped into a chute. Viola! Instant toy or whatever. I played some that had jewelry, and some that had beer in them (No joking), but most of them were filled with toys and stuffed animals. I would play them for quite a while, to the point that the operators didn’t like me anymore. I’d throw $50 into one and walk away from an empty machine. At one point I had two 50 gallon trash bags FULL of stuffed animals. I like stuffed animals, but even I don’t need that many.
I gave them away. I kept one or two, but I gave the rest away. I would walk around the carnival with my bag and just hand them out to random children and adults. I had fun playing AND I made some people smile. Who wouldn’t smile when a random stranger hands them a teddy bear with a smile?
Frankly I enjoyed giving them away more than I enjoyed getting them.
Have YOU given someone a teddy bear today?