In difficult times like we are in right now, it might not be easy to think of others. Survival instincts tend to take over so that we expend our energy on making sure our most basic needs are being meet.
Think of something you need today. Is there anyone in society who can help meet that need so that you can get through today or this week? The answer is probably yes, there is someone or a group of people who are helping out and being there for others.
What can you do to help? Here are some ideas for you:
- Call the local food bank to see if they need volunteers or if there is another way you can help
- Go online and visit your local government website to see if there are ways you can help
- Do more chores around the house and get those done
- Check in with your family too see if anyone needs help and if there is anything you can do to help them
- Help the children with homework and encourage them to read more
- Be patient and polite at grocery stores when you are asked to remember to do social distancing or they need to enforce new rules
- Ask others how they are feeling and try to be attuned to emotional needs
- Find ways to be productive and positive about the future
- Encourage others to do well and remind them of their strengths and abilities
Helping others makes us all stronger. We know that we are helping our community and building up others who are in need.
Some may not know how to help or how to ask others if they need help. They may want to help but are waiting to be asked. Often we need to try to read between the lines at things left unsaid.
Think of ways you can help today and every day this week. You don’t have to do all the work, of course. Just be available and willing to help those that really need it.