What role does helping others play in our own recovery process?
We will start out with an update of our 21 day gratitude experiment from last week’s episode: Can Gratitude Save Your Life?
3 Reasons to Reach out: The Power of Outreach
[Note: You do not have to be a veteran and suffering from war related PTSD to help a veteran with moving forward in their lives. The same is true for veterans. What you learn through your battle with stress, anxiety and PTSD can benefit non-veterans.]
- Gets focus off of you and your situation.
- Reinforces what you already know.
- It helps discover areas for improvement.
- Reaching out to others gets the focus off you and your situation. It can be easy to become consumed with our own immediate and long-term problems. Even in partial state of growth it is possible to reach out to other in need. It fact we will always be in a partial state of growth. Now may not be our moment to reach out. We should reach out in an area that we have experienced some victory.
- Reinforce what you already know. By reading out to others we strengthen the foundation we have been building the in RESTORE and START process. We have the opportunity to teach another what we have learned from our resources (tools) and experience in applying those tools.
- At the same time we may discovers even more effective ways of addressing areas in our own life’s and situation.
Some quotes about helping others… (from www.GoodReads.com)
- “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” – Charles Dickens
- “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” – John Bunyan
- “Non nobis solum nati sumus. (Not for ourselves alone are we born.)” – Cicero
Listen to Devastation or Transformation for an overview of the START goal setting process.
Listen to RESTORE: 7 Practical Parts to the RESTORE process for a summary of the process.
- Question: How has reaching out to help other assisted you in your journey?