Let Me Ask You A Question – 5/18/17

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Let me ask you a question…

Is it more important to you to help or be helped?    

66 thoughts on “Let Me Ask You A Question – 5/18/17

      • We do. Homeless shelter periodically, countless donations to strangers and our Resource Room at school, used to be active with Habitat, our local animal shelter. Time is limited now that the boys are older and in all kinds of activities. But we now volunteer to help with their teams and do fund raisers. I’m notorious for helping people on the street too. Be it a little cash, buying someone a meal, or buying winter stuff like scarves, gloves, or toboggans. Gotta walk the walk, or it’s just lip service.

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      • I don’t know. I think maybe people are so busy, and sometimes struggling themselves, and have blinders on, focused solely on theirs or their family’s day to day grind, ya’ know? I get it. We are constantly working, side working, or dealing with 3 boys’ stuff, so we barely have time to breathe. But, we try to carve out time for organized fund raising or volunteering where we can. But grabbing an extra 6-inch sub on your lunch break to hand to the homeless guy down the block, or dropping off a box full of paper towels and newspapers and dog food at the Humane Society kennels, etc, doesn’t take much time or effort. Why more don’t do the little things, that are fairly easy to perform, on a fairly regular basis? I don’t really know.

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      • Only 25% of Americans volunteer, yet most people tell me they do. So either people I know are extraordinary or people say they do things which they actually do not. I think it is the latter.

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      • I definitely think it’s the latter. I believe most people have the desire to help, but just don’t have the time or energy to do so on a regular basis. It takes some effort. Lots of people just don’t have enough left in the tank to give of that effort, I suppose.

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  1. I much prefer to help. Asking for help is hard, but times do come when being helped is really needed and even critically important. Then, there is help offered unasked for. “How can I help?” may be one of the best questions to say or hear, even when there is no obvious need.

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    • I find offering to help increases my value, especially at work. I have separated myself at my job by being the ultimate team player while also meeting my individual goals. No one these days says “Let me help you…” so when I do it, it not only makes me stand apart, but it also makes me feel really good inside.

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  2. To help. I hate asking for help, though I need it often, I will try to manage on my own as long as I can before asking. But if I see someone that needs help, I will step up and help as quickly as I can.

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  3. I’m definitely a helper although I learned that it is just as important to “help” myself by asking for help when I need it. In the past, pride kept me from reaching out and asking for help but one day a very dear friend told me that when I don’t ask or accept help from others, I was denying them the opportunity to be the blessing to others that God has called them to be.

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    • I think people can be both. I will say that I don’t see as many people helping as I’d like. Organizations around the U.S. are begging for volunteers but only 25% of the population actually helps in this regard.

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  4. I think that it is much more important for me to help others than to receive help. I think that as human beings, we need to be compassionate and empathetic to others and their situation. It is important for us to give a helping hand to those who need it in their darkest times.

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  5. I have always loved to help people, starting from the time I helped my friends with their homework. 😊 Over the years I have also come to realize the importance of being helped. I have learned that there is no shame in asking for help and often things get done faster and I end up learning in the process.

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  6. I am more apt to help others than to be helped. I am very hesitant to ask for help preferring to try to figure out things myself first. Sometimes this is a problem (especially at work) because I end up on something longer that I should.

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    • I was going to mention that last statement. When you don’t ask for help you can look a bit inept because tasks take much longer than they should. Plus when you try to do things solo you are limited to your own knowledge. When you ask for help you can learn.

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      • That is a valid point. I would add that when I am doing things solo, I am limited to my knowledge and what I can find on Google. 🙂 When I get stuck on something, it is almost always a programming logic problem which is like solving a puzzle. In those cases, what I am missing is a second set of eyes to spot a clue that would lead me to that solution.

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      • Yes. We work in teams most times. A manager, art designer, digital specialists and an account manager. This helps us come up with the best solution for a client.

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      • I used to try to do things my way and on my own. I was stressed out and this rude/short/abrasive to people.
        My husband would say “you’re not the only one who…”
        I realized life is about relationships and i needed to not put so much expectations on others and be more accepting of their humanity and flaws. They will make more allowances for my flaws as well. Having kids helped me to be less rigid

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