Today was one of those days that I just wanted to come home and take a long nap...but got a call from a friend whose husband has Huntington's asking me to meet her for lunch. While I really didn't feel like it, I went and was so glad I did. She just needed someone to talk to. You're right, Reba, it's so easy to make a difference in someone's life if we just listen when God calls!
Finding True North in the Hearts of Others
There is a wonderful, gratifying feeling you receive when you touch the heart of another human being for good. You glide through your day as if you are walking on air. You’re surrounded by a peace that passes all understanding. There is no greater feeling than knowing something you did or said pierced the heart of another and made a positive difference in their lives.
We’re wired to help each other. To reach out in times of need. To treat them the way we want to be treated. It brings out the best in us and ushers in peace into our own hearts. Here are a few ways helping others helps us more.
Helping others releases happy chemicals. Each time you genuinely reach out to help others in their time of need, it releases specific chemicals in the brain that make you feel really good.
Connecting with another’s heart keeps you anchored. Even if the one you reach out to is a complete stranger, when you touch their heart, it illuminates your own true north. You can see the shore and navigate easily through rough waters.
It gives you a sense of purpose. Having a specific purpose is like the difference between being a bystander and the hero who pries someone out of a crumpled vehicle with the jaws of life.
Reaching out to others helps you sleep. You will have such a sense of peace, when you pillow your head at the end of the day, you will fall into blissful slumber. Your body, mind, soul and spirit will be in one accord. Peaceful slumber will naturally come.
You’ll pay it forward. Yes, it really does work. Give into the lives of others and it will be returned unto you, pressed down, shaken together and running over. There will be a moment in time when you are in need of someone. From seemingly nowhere, a hand will reach out to you, connecting with your heart and pulling you away from the edge of the cliff.
You have opportunities each and every day to reach out to others. To connect with them. To touch their hearts and change their lives. You never know the impact of your reaction to them, right then in that instant. You will impact them, for better or for worse. Choose better. Do good and good will return to you. Change their life and it will change yours.
Today’s Challenge: Find someone to reach out to today and make a positive difference in them today. Record your experience in a journal.
When was the most memorable recent experience of when you reached out to someone? Share it here!