Today, I'm writing on the word help and the very first thing to pop up in my brain was the Beatles' song, "Help." I looked up the lyrics and I especially like the chorus:
Help me if you can, I'm feeling down
And I do appreciate you being 'round
Help me get my feet back on the ground
Won't you please, please help me
One of my callings in life is to be encourager. I want to lift people up. I mainly focus on writing positive pieces for that very reason.
However, today, I'm drawn to more practical ideas to help. Hey, we all need a little help from our friends. We all have down days. We all have times of discouragement and need to hear some cheerful positive reinforcement.
A real friend can help by giving you:
- A pat on the back: Sometimes we just need to hear someone say, "You're doing a good job. Don't give up. It will turn out all right in the end."
- A listening ear: Everyone needs to vent. You can give invaluable service by just listening. Don't try to solve their problem for them, just listen to their words. You can throw in "I know how you feel" every once in awhile.
- A warm body in the room: As the above chorus says, "I do appreciate you being 'round." Loneliness bites. Someone who takes time out of their busy life - and everyone is busy! - gives you a rare and special gift.
- A hand up: In everyone's life, there comes a time when you just need physical or material help - someone to watch your kids, someone to help you move your furniture, or someone to loan you money or fill a material need. (We once had someone loan us a car battery until payday when we could buy our own. Truth!)
Who could you help today?
This post was written in response to Writer's Workshop prompt # 7. A blog post inspired by the word: help. Consider joining in and linking up at Kat's blog, Mama's Losin' It. It is a lot of fun!