DailyBlog: How Have I Helped Someone Else Recently?

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For the sake of blogging, self-exploration, and contemplation, I’ve been slowly making my way through answering questions from this list

Today’s Question: How have you helped someone else recently?

This question makes me feel a bit uncomfortable because I don’t feel like it’s okay to ‘announce’ anything I do/have done to help others, I feel like it comes off like a bragging right, and if you’re helping someone for the bragging right or the justification of assuring yourself that you’re a good person, then basically you are helping someone in order to make yourself feel better… and that’s not what helping people is, or should be, about.

I strive to be helpful to others every day, whether it’s a big gesture such as buying Holiday gifts for kids who wouldn’t otherwise get a Christmas, or smaller gestures like giving someone a safe place to vent where they know that I won’t use anything they say against them, nor will I gossip. I hope that when opportunities arise (and opportunities to be helpful to others always arise on a daily basis) I remember my own current good fortune, and I remember that when I was in need, people helped me, and I also remember the times when I felt incredibly alone and no one was there for me, and I don’t ever want anyone else to feel that way. I hope that keeping all of those things in the forefront of my mind, and close to my heart, keeps my eyes open to the people around me in need, and if I can help them in any way, I do. The world is a harsh place, but we have an opportunity to make it better, or at the very least, make an individual’s day better. If we’re going to live in this world among others, the least we can do is lend each other a hand. That way, none of us will be in need, or alone.

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