the Infinite Monkey speaks: on good intentions
Random brilliance from across the blogosphere…
I thanked the woman for her help, but of greater importance, I expressed my gratitude for the fact that she’d had the courage to offer assistance. Yes, courage. Why courage, you ask? This woman had taken a chance. She had no idea how her good intentions would be received, but she offered anyway.
Politically Correct vs. Spontaneous Kindness
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I loved the quote — and blog post — so much. It really spoke to me. I’ve had some health issues I’ve been dealing with for the past few weeks and am learning that accepting kindness from others is not always easy. Offering kindness is always a risk because you don’t always know how someone will react.
It spoke to me too. Like you, I find it very difficult to accept kindness and giving from others. It makes me feel awkward and guilty, which is so silly. On the opposite side, I fear helping others for a couple of reasons.
I’m sorry you’ve been going through troubles! I just saw that you posted today, but haven’t read it yet. I am a little scared, I don’t want to read about you having a health crisis. I want you to be healthy and totally happy.
I like this quote. I sometimes shy away from offering assistance or help, fearing it would be taken the wrong way or that it’s not that big a deal anyway. Having the courage to offer assistance or kindness is something I’m working on.
It’s getting anymore where you don’t even want to hold the door open for people, because you don’t know how they’ll react. Especially with someone who seems to need a little help – you’re just trying to be nice and they chew your head off for treating them differently. But I’m working on that too, on trying to just do the nice thing without fear.
When we feel awkward about receiving help from others, it is good to remember that they may be feeling equally awkward about helping us out. 🙂
I think we don’t always remember that.
You are right!! I know I get caught up in my own insecurities and fears, and don’t take into consideration that the other person could be feeling the exact same way.