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

Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE | RELATIONSH­IPS - WORDS:JOANNEWILS­ON

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

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