We all have times when life seems to be handing us lemons. Sometimes we can even question the purpose or meaning of it all. I know there are even times when we can feel useless. I know, I’ve been there myself. There is a grand solution that can not only help is during these times, but help others, and the world at large.
What is this solution? Before I tell you exactly let me assure you that everyone has access to this solution. In fact, the worse your life seems to be or the more unpleasant things you have been through the better you will be at this. OK enough of the hype, what is this solution that will help everyone including ourselves?
Altruism, that is helping others. If this sounds like an additional effort or some new age idea it really isn’t. It is easier than you may think and can be backed up by science. Allow me to explain. One of the best ways to help others is by sharing our story, our natural talents or just things we enjoy. Recently I have become friends with a wonderful lady named Ann. She shared with me some of her life experiences and asked me what direction she should go in. After only a few minutes of learning about her it was clear Ann had a lot to share. She overcame a weight issue, cared for a love one and learned a lot about health and fitness. I’m excited to say she is now sharing her story at AnnieOrganic her own website.
My beautiful lady Margie is another example of this. Her talents are too many to number and she is always eager to put them to good use. Whether she is making a cake for someone’s celebration, jewelry to compliment an outfit, or just lending a comforting ear to someone who needs it she is happy to share what she knows and help teach others.
So what if your thinking “I don’t have that kind of talent” trust me everyone has something. Have you every overcame a hardship in your life? Then you can share how you did it. Ever suffer a painful experience? Then you can comfort others and assure them they are not alone. Have a hobby you enjoy? Consider teaching others or joining a like minded group.
What does all this accomplish and how does it work? By helping others we give our life meaning and get outside of ourselves. It also helps us better understand ‘there is a reason for everything’ when seemingly negative things happen in your life, you will nite find yourself asking “how can I use this? ” and understand even in just sharing your experience can bring a sense of comfort and peace to someone else.
So next time life seems to be getting the better of you, get out and find a way to help someone else. Let’s face it, the world needs more of that.