I have a friend that is under a lot of pressure. I do not know much of his story. I am reasonably sure I know his intent (honorable). I realize that currently there are too many instances where we struggle to understand each other. Whatever my fears and doubts might be, piling on with the fear of others does not help. When I do this, no matter how well intentioned I am, things get worse.
It might sound easy. In reality, it is anything but. I need him to be successful. In order to be successful he needs my help. The challenge is how I can help when I do not think he is focused on what matters.
The challenge is amplified because we do see, understand, or think about things the same. One difference would be a hassle. Two would be a serious headache. Beyond two is the point is where we are today.
It is far too easy to pile on with others voice their concern. I know I have joined in: ‘Hear, hear! That’s right!’” (Acts 24.9) In expressing my voice, I may be truthfully accurate. However, I am not helpful.
Stacks are always a problem. They are too heavy to carry in a single load. They are too cumbersome to move easily. However, in bite size pieces, they are manageable.
I know I have committed myself to being part of the solution. Yet, in the chaos of any moment, it is often hard to remember the pledge. My ability to rationalize because of time, potential client impact, or risk is endless. In an effort to combat my natural response, I am reminding myself of these principles.
Walking in another’s shoes is more difficult than commenting on the journey.
Looking through another’s eyes gives one the opportunity to see More.
Extending a helping hand is defined by their perception, not yours.
I know today is not going to be easy. There are will be obstacles and challenges. I also know that doing it with others in a community is easier than going alone.