We’ve all seen them in our facebook newsfeed. Heartbreaking posts from someone who has lost a loved one or diagnosed with cancer or enduring financial hardship, or painful divorce…the list goes on. And as humans, we deeply desire to comfort these broken hearts through words. However there is one repeated comment on facebook that we should really reconsider using- “Let me know if you need anything.”
Too may times, we wait for a struggling person to ask for help. They may need someone to help put laundry away or take their children for a few hours so they can rest. Unfortunately, their mental and physical energy may be too low to be able assign us to these needed tasks. Or they may not want to feel like a burden or even know what they need. That’s why we just have to SHOW UP, look around and offer to do what’s needed without being asked.
Are there some people who are very private and possibly offended by help? Yes. And we want to respect their boundaries. But who could seriously be angry at a plate of brownies or a pot of soup? My bet is most people will be grateful and feel loved.
Here are some simple ways to help a struggling person in their day-to-day life.
DaySpring Counseling is a private practice providing highly professional, therapeutic counseling services to individuals, families and couples in the Akron and Stow communities. Our therapists strive to help those who are seeking emotional and mental healing through an integration of professional practice and Christian principles and values.