don't know where I'll be in three years. I don't
know if I'll be wealthy, if I'll be poor, if I'll be sick,
if I'll be healthy, if I'll be dead, even. It's very
easy to think that things are going to continue as they
are indefinitely, that my current situation is going to be
just the same or even better three years from now.
And if I think that way, it's more difficult for me to
sympathize and empathize with people who are going through
very hard times, and it's more difficult for me to see
that they may truly need my help.
are many sayings that basically means "what goes
around comes around." In other words, how we
treat others comes back to us in similar treatment.
If someone in need of help comes to me today and I reject
that person, guess what's going to happen to me when I
need help myself? Only I determine what I send out
into the world, which means that only I determine what
comes back to me in the long term.
may not be needy now, but I have been. And it truly
doesn't matter if no one helped me in my times of need; I
can take that role model and reject it, knowing how
beneficial it would have been to me to have been
helped. So if someone comes to me in need, I just
need to think about the times that I've been needy to know
how they're feeling, and to know how good it felt (or
would have felt) to have someone else help me, even in
very small ways.
I help others, I help everyone, myself included.
Perhaps especially myself, for I may be setting into
motion something that may come back to help me days or
weeks or years from now, in ways that I can't even imagine