Volunteering Your Help
following activity and answer the three (3) questions.
last time you offered your assistance to someone else? It probably took very little of your time,
and you made a small improvement in your community. The other beautiful aspect of offering help
is that it feels absolutely wonderful.
Helping thus provides two benefits:
one to the recipient and one to the giver. To implement this exercise, just look around
your local community and watch your neighbors.
Part of this may be a simple wave or greeting. At other times, it may be obvious that
someone really could use a helping hand.
There are many flat tires needing to be fixed, people who need
assistance carrying packages, guidance warranted in getting across the street,
directions needed, and so on.
To see how
you have fared in this exercise, try the following questions:
1. Describe the last circumstance in
which you noticed that a person needed help, and include all your thoughts and
feelings. What did you imagine people
would say if you offered help? What did
you think about yourself after offering help
2 2. Did you offer help? If not, why not? If you did, how were you able to overcome any
rule to the contrary (such as “Don’t bother others”) or what thoughts led you
to the decision to offer?
3 3. How did the situation turn out? How did the person in need of help react to
your offer to help or your decision not to help? Did you give the needed help? If you did, how did you feel? Do you think you would do this again in a
future, similar situation?