Thursday, January 31, 2013

Day 254: Taken to task

Four chores and an errand lifted my spirits immeasurably. This might not be immediately evident to most, after all, who revels in doing chores or running errands? Not even I do. What makes these make my heart sing is being allowed to help a friend.

In my experience, many people have a hard time asking for help or even accepting help when it is freely offered. At first glance, it may seem that they do not want to feel obligated to the other. However, I believe that beneath that is a reluctance to admit that they would welcome help. People too often confuse "would welcome" with "need" and "need" is for them associated with weakness of character. They should be able to make it on their own.

What they fail to take into account is the pleasure they deprive the helper of. Which is ironic since they, themselves, need only look within to connect to the pleasure, joy and satisfaction they feel when their offer to help has been accepted by others.

So make someone happy today and say, "Yes, thanks. That would be terrific." Then let them re-pot your plant, or wash the dishes, or do the laundry, or take that package to the post office, etc.

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