Lend a helping hand

Helping one another is a major fundamental part of humanity, bonding together and helping a fellow man or woman.

We have seen and heard of inspiring stories of individuals who have helped people all over the world. How fascinating do we find these stories?

We have also read and seen cases when men and women even devote their lives to helping a nation recover from disaster and terrorist attack.

I believe there are many ways through which we can help one another. Helping others has a dual benefit. It does not only provide support to those on the receiving end, it produces happiness and joy to the helper.

But helping others isn’t limited to just grand gestures or times of tribulation. Helping others can be done each day.

In the world we leave in today, very few people sincerely help those in need, some help because of the acknowledgement, some help because of the fame. In some cases, some decide to help to fulfill all righteousness, or just so that they are counted among those who have decided to help.

I am not saying that everyone does this, nevertheless to those of us still guilty of these actions, these are not criteria to helping or giving

I believe everyone needs help at some point in their lives. Everyone can help in some way or another. The fact is our words and actions does and means a lot, and with it we can both harm and help others.

One of the most rewarding things we can do in life is to look outside ourselves and take a genuine interest in the lives of others. And of course, help them if we can.  I know it is easier said than done but there is no harm in trying.

It is also very important for you to know that while ‘helping or giving’   you shouldn’t wait, expecting anything in return.  In a positive light, the idea of karma can be, “if you do good, good will come to you”.

My dad will always say “good things happen to only those who do good”. Sincerely, I use to question this statement, and this is because even the people you help can hurt you, some can even turn their backs on you.  However, I have learnt over the years based on my experiences that this is not a reason to stop the good act of helping others.

In my own opinion, I believe giving she be done out of free will. Like I stated earlier we can’t expect anything in return. God is the rewarder, him alone knows what you desire.  And while you may not believe in an inter-connected universe that rewards good deeds, there is something to be said about how helping others changes your perspective.

When you’re helping others, you often feel better about yourself, increasing the likelihood that your next experience will be a positive one, rather than a negative one.

Nevertheless, if you do find yourself in a situation where you are doing all the giving and helping, and you don’t seem to be getting nothing back, worry not because that isn’t meant to be your problem. Just bear in mind that God sees the heart of man, he sees your heart and your good deeds.

According to Roy T. Bennett, in his book the light in the heart, “help other without any reason and give without the expectation of receiving anything in return”.  Also keep in mind that “it’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving,” said Mother Teresa.

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