100% of all human beings, at one point or another, needed or will need help. It’s a fact that none of us can run from.
However, some of us have quadrillion things to do, right? And half of it isn’t on the to-do list.
Problems seem to be your second job (if not your primary one). Only thing is, you don’t get paid for it.
We’re trying not to worry — even though we’re worrying about not worrying.
The car is making that weird noise again, annoying everyone that comes in contact with it in traffic. So that’s great.
That potential award-winning article failed to load this morning. There goes all that time and energy — gone in the trash, never to return again.
But to top it off, someone’s asking you for help. Yes, you — the one with all the problems.
You think to yourself, “There is absolutely no way I’ll be able to provide any help for someone else. I have way too many issues of my own to think about.”
But take a step back for a second. Take a deep breath. And remember that you were once that person. In fact, you are that person — needing all the help you can get. And you would want them to do the same for you.
We all need help. And, even if it’s something you may think is insignificant, there is something you can do.
The question is, will you make the sacrifice to do such a thing?
The Thing About Sacrificing
My dad works with a lot of youth. It’s what he’s been doing just about all his life. Basically, it’s in his blood. He loves working with and developing youth.
I often run into people who ask me,
“Are you Mr. Horton’s son?”
He’s developed a great reputation around the area over the years.
And it’s not that that was the goal but because he had (and has) a passion for changing the lives of children in tough situations — poor living conditions, a fatherless or motherless home.
He’s there to answer the phone if they need him.
Growing up, I got so confused with how late (or early) he would answer a call. And, in no time, he’d be off to meet someone who needs help.
“Ty’s father is stuck over in a ditch. I’ll be back, going to go see what I can do.”
I thought to myself, “Um, it’s like one o’clock in the morning.”
But I what I did not understand was that it wasn’t about the time or the problem. He saw a need and was willing to be the help they needed. No matter the cost, he made an effort.
If there was something he could do, he did it. And I’ve always admired that about him.
The effort you put in to help will return to you later, in one form or another.
People you help will often want to reciprocate what was done to them.
Folks randomly call to thank my dad from time to time, checking to see if there’s anything they can do to help him out.
He sacrificed his time to help, even though he needed it at the time. They mirror what he did for them because of that.
The moral of the story is that we all have our share of unique issues that arise out of nowhere — sometimes more often than usual.
And even though our days may seem longer and more difficult than everyone else’s, there are millions of people out there like us, trying to make it from one day to the next.
So, in the sense of needing help, none of us are out of that picture.
Those problems are not worth the worrying.
That’s not to say, “Live dangerously!” That just means worrying about it won’t change a single thing. It’ll be there before and after the headache.
Let it go.
If we can help, we should help.
The fact that someone calls on you for help is a sign that you are someone they can count on. In other words, that’s a good thing.
Being honest, sometimes it’s just a matter of getting out of our comfort zones and doing those things that may make us extremely uncomfortable.
It’s the excuses that hold us back from walking out the door. But there’s no telling what that one opportunity to help could do for a someone else. That situation could be the turning point of their entire life — and yours.
There are 24 hours in a day. Let’s spend 16 of those hours finding the good in our lives and the rest of it sleeping — not worrying about every issue we have.
Let me remind you of something: If you’re reading this, you’re here — alive.
Life should be lived. So live it.
Thanks for reading, guys! I hope you enjoyed it. I’ll be sharing ideas like this each week. I’m always looking for new ways to learn, so if you have some other ideas, don’t hesitate to let me know. I’d love to hear it.