Updated: Apr 23
Could be me. Might be you. We'll start with that.
The fact is that we are neighbors. The act of kindness rooted in neighborly has been a questionable gesture at the notion that it won't be received justly.
Maybe the thought doesn't go as far as to now help diagnose the problem, or perhaps provide a ride.
Without any date in mind to say when this started happening. But let me be the first to admit that I don't know my neighbors that well, if at all. A resident in this neighborhood for 16 years, there is little I can say to the excuse.
Intent is selfish
When we do things for others, we are motivated within. It's that urge to share, or push the broken down vehicle out the path of oncoming traffic. Maybe the thought doesn't go as far as to now help diagnose the problem, or perhaps provide a ride. Nonetheless, most often the driver is... thankful for your kindness.
When you return to your vehicle it is the thought that, "I hope someone would be so kind to have helped me in the event I'm ever in the same situation." In that moment, you've something in common with the other driver. You were prompted to assist. Sure, the broken down vehicle was keeping you from being on time to your destination. Instead of going with the emotion of a fist pound on your steering wheel in utter disdain for the delay; you saved the negative reaction. Just wasn't necessary.