Hello – My name is Michael and I’m a Helpaholic
Have you ever contemplated how the world would be different if you were not a part of it?
Questions like these force introspective thought and if pursued, will reveal much about your character. In my heart, I believe that all people are good and want to do good in their lives. The question to be answered does not focus on the intent to do and be good, but rather, what is preventing us from doing and being ‘good’.
Throughout my life, I’ve always been consumed with helping others, whether it’s picking up an item for someone that dropped it, or opening a door for a complete stranger in a store, or offering directions to someone who is visibly lost. Many times I have mulled over in my mind the reason(s) for my helpful behavior, more importantly, my intent. Amazingly and fortunately, my actions create a sense of purpose and value, acquiring an euphoric feeling and accomplishment.
What I’ve found is that my reward for helping others is simply how good it makes me feel when and after I do it. This may be a somewhat selfish perspective, however, I choose to perceive it as an avenue that impacts my future behavior which in turn, (hopefully) impacts others. I also receive a lasting residual effect, if you will, that remains with me for a period of time; call it a natural high.
For me, there is joy in the simple things in life, whether it is watching an amazing sunset on the water, staring at the clouds as they whisper across the sky or just sitting next to my family, enjoying their company, i.e., presence.
These simple truths, if you will, cleanse my soul, sharpen my focus in life and serve to identify and arrange my priorities in life. As elementary as this may appear, I view it as absolutely critical to creating a solid foundation that ‘sets the stage’ for me each and every day. It’s like ensuring you have a full tank of gas before traveling to a destination; ANY destination.
Most importantly, helping others is a deliberate choice I make. It’s a win-win scenario in that it makes me right and in turn, empowers me to extend that goodwill to others, creating a domino effect that hopefully continues without end. I highly recommend this choice to everyone. There is no downside and certainly a considerable upside. And if helping other people isn’t enough, there is always the Pay It Forward approach, i.e., helping others without an established need, very similar to a random act of kindness.
Got Some Good?
- Being Positive means never having to say “Why Me?” (cerkas.wordpress.com)
- Pay It Forward: Love of Birdhouses and People (fox4kc.com)
Posted on June 25, 2012, in General, Personal Growth, Philosophy, Truths and tagged compassion, helping others, kindness, Pay It Forward, Philosophy, Random act of kindness. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.