August 9


Today's Quotation:

Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day.

Sally Koch

Today's Meditation:

Sometimes I feel that people just don't need my help, that they have things well under control and are doing fine without any help.  Many people simply don't want any help, and they prefer to make their ways through life without taking any help from anyone else.  They can do it on their own, they know, and to ask for help would be to show some sort of weakness.

I think that part of my problem has come from the way that I've always defined help-- I usually see it as something major, something that makes a significant difference in someone's life.  But help isn't always like that.  Help can be a small act that seems to be insignificant at the time, but that can have a truly important effect on a person's life, no matter how small the effect.  Like random acts of kindness, small acts of help can definitely add a huge amount of positive feelings and appreciation to this world of ours, and we can be the people who add it.

We have to keep our eyes open if we want to see the opportunities.  I can't tell you how many times I've walked right by someone who might need a door opened for them, even if I'm not going into the same building.  I've missed the chance to help someone with their tray in a cafeteria because someone else noticed the need before I did.  I'm usually pretty good at helping people push stalled cars out of the way because they're pretty easy to see.

If we do keep our eyes open and help in the very small ways when we can, we may find that not only are we contributing a great deal of positive energy to the planet, but we're also brightening our own lives at the very same time.

Questions to ponder:

1.  How many chances will you have to help someone else today, even in very small ways?

2.  How do you tend to feel when someone else offers you help in a sincere, caring way?

3.  In which specific ways might you be able to offer help to others?

For further thought:

Studies of volunteers have shown there is a benefit to performing acts of love for other people. The irony is that it is actually in your best interest to be selfless. The things you do for the benefit of others not only make you feel fulfilled, they increase your chances of living a long and happy life.  Remember that an act of love always benefits at least two people.

Bernie S. Siegel

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