I see so many good people struggling each day to overcome perplexing situations which create emotional duress. The never ending bombardment of challenging circumstances each moment of every day saps our compassion, our spirit, and our willingness to conquer the challenges life presents. We all need someone to come forth to be the light in our life when we need help or when we need a little boost to make our day better.
Daily struggles can go unnoticed if one chooses to keep them bottled up, but doing so creates a myriad of emotional distress. Anything from depression, disgust, anger, or withdrawal from society is likely to happen. Other times we have the motivation to seek help to overcome the problems we face in life. Thats where you come in, I encourage you to become the light in someones life whether they are shy about discussing their troubles or whether they share with you the challenges they need help with. Let me talk briefly about three opportunities to reach out and be the light in someones life. 1) Embrace the opportunity to personally know the people in your life and listen carefully to what they say. 2) Embrace the opportunity to notice how one presents them self, are they depressed, are they confident, are they faced with a life long malady that has translated into withdrawal, are there other noticeable behaviors that beg for help? 3) Embrace the opportunity to make a genuine effort to smile and greet others with heart felt enthusiasm. All three scenarios offer the opportunity to take action and be the light in someones life.
Our first opportunity to help others is to reach out and put forth the effort to know people and to listen to people that we come in contact with. We are all aware of the people we work with, the people in our friend circle, acquaintances we occasionally come in contact with, and our family. What if we developed an attitude of compassion and took the steps necessary to learn a little about each person. What if we offered to help each other when we face struggles? Life would become much happier if we offered compassion and help to a person we know who needs a little boost to overcome their challenges. We all have strengths which lead us to excel while interacting with others if we just let our intuition flow naturally with kindness and sincerity. Never be afraid to step up to help someone in a way that brings out the best in you. Always believe in yourself and let the opportunity to know people and to listen to people be one of your strengths. Listening to a person can often be the remedy for helping them get back on track. I venture to say we all know someone who is struggling with challenges which begs us for an opportunity to help. Opportunities are endless to help a person gain a little confidence, to help them get back on track, and to help them understand and develop a personal relationship with an all knowing, ever present power called God, who loves them, who encourages them, who takes their burdens, and who guides them with inspiration and knowledge to conquer any battle life brings. Let your light shine by taking a genuine interest in knowing the people in your circle whether they are friends, acquaintances, or family and let your light shine by sincerely listening to what they say.
Our second opportunity is to observe how people present themselves. I’m not talking about social status or personal appearance, I’m talking about how a person presents them self in regards to confidence and compassion for others. Are there subtle changes about how a person presents them self and are there drastic changes in a persons life that begs for an opportunity to help? Many people lack the confidence to overcome challenges in their life possibly due to circumstances beyond their control, or due to not being recognized, or due to not being appreciated by others. Life and individual choices have a way of knocking people down. Anxiety takes over and their ability to function at an optimum level is compromised. Its our duty to help someone overcome their challenges and to share knowledge which can instill confidence and give them the tools to navigate a fulfilling journey. Of course a person has to be receptive to receiving help or otherwise they cannot progress in life. However, never give up on a person for they may be the one who helps you in your time of need. Always strive to be a great example of how to live life and get along with others. Remember, someone may be impacted by your actions who you are not even aware of, so always put your best foot forward. The opportunity of observation can lead to lifting a person up so they are able to cope or resolve the way they present them self. If we commit to the opportunity to bring forth our light for others to aspire to, we will have made someones life a little happier.
Our third opportunity is to present an enthusiastic smile and a warm greeting which can initiate a wonderful difference in another persons day. An enthusiastic and sincere expression of compassion indicates we care about someone and most people recognize that. Even if they do not recognize your compassion, never give up because eventually they may mellow and be much happier. It doesn’t take much effort to smile and say hello like you mean it. Be sincere, speak from your heart and be sure to show enthusiasm when speaking. There is something magical about a person who exudes happiness and enthusiasm for life. They are the people most of us want to associate with. I’ve had days I thought would never end until someone smiled and ask, “how is your day going”? Feeling uplifted that someone genuinely cared about my day encouraged me to make a nice change of my attitude. Sometimes all a person needs to make their day is for someone to recognize them with sincere enthusiasm. Happy people have an aura about them that says, “join me in happiness and put your worries aside”. We are here to help others and to bring a little sunshine into their lives for we are the light of the world.
Opportunities abound, there are literally countless opportunities every second and I encourage you to be aware of what you can do to help others. Its easy to become self centered and concerned with our own lives while fostering an atmosphere that builds and feeds our own selfish ego with little regard for others. Fight the temptation to become self centered, because that thought process eventually leads to an island of loneliness. One of the most valuable assets we all possess is the ability to help others. Ability alone is not enough though, we must possess the willingness to step forward and be the light so many people desperately need. Lets not let others down by being darkness and showing an attitude of defeat, worthlessness, hatred, negativity, or any behavior that is not productive. Lets be the bright shining light that radiates help, love, and calm to others. So many people are in need of a shining light in their life and so many people depend on us to be the bright shining light in their life, let us not let them down.