“Caring for one another, we sometimes glimpse an essential quality of our being. We may be sitting alone, lost in self-doubt or self-pity, when the phone rings with a call from a friend who’s really depressed. Instinctively, we come out of ourselves, just to be there with her and say a few reassuring words. When we’re done, and a little comfort’s been shared, we put down the phone and feel a little more at home with ourselves. We’re reminded of who we really are and what we have to offer one another.”
– excerpt from How Can I Help? by Ram Dass and Paul Gorman
Those people who work in a service-oriented profession, like the team at The Bacana Plan, have the opportunity to help every time they go to work. But all of us have an opportunity to help no matter what we do or where we are. Sometimes it’s as simple as offering your arm to the elderly man walking down the sidewalk.
And, for those of us who are self-sufficient (sometimes stubbornly so), it’s a good reminder that asking for help is giving someone else an opportunity to do something that feels good!
How have you recently experienced helping, either on the giving or receiving end?