Lend a Helping Hand

by Daniel · 0 comments

“There are two ways of exerting one’s strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.”  – Booker T. Washington

I was taught to always lend a hand to people in need.  If you are asked for help do it.  My parents had me cut the lawn for the older people in the neighborhood and I was not permitted to take their money.  Honestly I was not the most reliable at the time and if they offered me a few bucks it went south into my pocket.  Yet the message was clear, lend a helping hand.

As I began my recovery journey I began to learn more about how to treat people.  I learned that it is important to treat people well.  Of course my family always taught us to have respect for people, but my journey took this a step further.  Treat all people well!  I read a book by Art Williams titled “Pushing Up People”.  The premise, Treat People Well!  Always Be Positive!  Make people feel special.

In life we have a tendency to compare ourselves to others.  We see other people often as a road block to getting what we want.  We criticize people for their lack, their challenges, or any other reason we can find.  But the recovery approach is to treat all people well.  Be there for every individual that needs a helping hand.  Sharing our experience, strength, and hope is the beginning of encouraging people that it can be done.  Recovery is possible, do what we do and you will have what we have.

Today as you go about your day, make it a point to compliment people.  Find legitimate reasons to make people feel special.

Go, Go, Go…

Dan 🙂

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