LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR
DURING YOUR TIME OF NEED, REACHING OUT TO OTHERS MAY HOLD THE SECRET TO YOUR RECOVERY. BY HELPING OTHERS YOU CAN LEARN HOW TO HELP YOURSELF
How’s your day? Maybe not so good? Has your year been an absolute shocker? Are you going through a rough patch? Made some major life mistakes?
Grieving through separation or death? Feeling on the outer, unattractive, a failure or lonely? New to the Sunshine Coast and don’t know anyone?
As depression and anxiety continues to rise, I’ve got an idea to support anyone experiencing bad days that extend into weeks.
You may have read the beautiful poem
about seasons from Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8 that reads; “There’s a time to break down, and a time to build up. A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance. A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing. A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away. A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak.”
Is this your worst time? Take even the smallest step and turn toward someone else.
Turn your shocking time into your best by gifting your service to someone.
There sure is a time to grieve and be sad, but one wonderful strategy to help move on is to find great fulfilment in what I believe is inherent in our human design — serving others.
Even you have unique talents waiting to be gifted to others.
A neighbour, a stranger or an organisation will be forever grateful for the day you chose to turn your own atrocious, depressing day into your best.
This is the day when you put your hand up and extend it to care.
This week is the 30-year celebration of National Volunteer Week that gratefully honours volunteers.
This year’s theme is “Making the World of Difference” and you can too.
Search #NVW2019 online for inspiring memes and stories.
Surprise someone in your street with a homemade yummy something; pay for someone’s coffee anonymously; deliver food hampers; work at the soup kitchen; create, craft or build anything required.
If you can’t think of anything, check out www.volunteeringqld.org.au.
Here are its reasons of how you can benefit from volunteering.
● act on your values, passions and interests
● make new friendships and create professional networks
● gain work experience and learn new skills
● enjoy new social and cultural experiences
● develop personally and build confidence
● enjoy better physical and mental health as studies show volunteering makes us healthier and happier
● challenge yourself in a supportive environment
● help your community
● have fun!
There are countless stories of incredible people that continue to make a world of difference because they had a shocker and the world is better because they did.
Don’t allow adversity to consume you — consume it by making a world of difference
Joanne Wilson is a neuropsychotherapist, relationship specialist, radio co-host, workshop facilitator and guest speaker. Contact www.theconfidantecounselling.com