It’s easy to find yourself in a position where you are in need of assistance. One constant in life is its inconsistency. Anything and everything can change within a moment’s notice or no notice at all. Have you ever found yourself in a position where you were in need of someone’s help? Has life ever handed you an extra-large bag of lemons but not a drop of water or even a spoonful of sugar with which to make lemonade? If so, then I’m certain that you could make a case for the very critical need for people who are willing to take the time, and put forth the effort, to help those in need.
As someone who has been helped, you now have a very unique opportunity to return the favor. Know that there are three things that you can do today to offer support and assistance to someone in need.
Have you ever had a day so bad that you felt like relief would never come? Have you ever called on a friend, family member, spouse, or even a kind stranger to do nothing more than allow you to vent? As you release the stress of the day, you feel your spirit lighten, you feel a little freer. The tightness in your chest diminishes, the tension in your shoulders relaxes, and the never-ending headache subsides. As a helper, as a listener, you have the power to escort someone from a state of turmoil to a position of peace.
2. Offer Your Expertise and Available Resources.
There’s a popular saying, “Each one, teach one.” Essentially this saying instructs us to share wisdom. We all have a unique set of abilities that when shared, empowers us. Your willingness to share your expertise, or to guide someone to proper resources, can make a drastic difference in whether someone continues to struggle or finds a way to thrive.
3. Share Your Experience.
Each person’s experience, even when shared, is unique; for we each experience the ups and downs and the highs and lows in life in our own way. There is something about knowing you are not alone that makes navigating through a difficult patch a little less daunting. If you’ve overcome a challenging time, be willing to share that experience with someone. You never know how your journey might empower someone on their own.
Has someone been instrumental in helping you through a difficult time? Thank them by paying forward their efforts and helping someone else in need. Share your story on our Facebook page. Recounting your journey may help someone as they navigate through their own.
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This article is intended for general education purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional counseling or medical care. If you are interested in seeking professional counseling, please call The Stone Foundation at 410-296-2004 or visit our website for more information.
Melissa Brooks-Cuffee holds two Bachelors degrees from Towson University: one in Psychology, the other in English. She is a member of the Psi Chi and Lambda Iota Tau honor fraternities, and is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Baltimore. Melissa has assumed various administrative roles within the healthcare and mental healthcare field and maintains the positions of Online Community Manager at The Stone Foundation.