“I’m not asking you to walk in my shoes; I’d never wish my afflictions on anyone. But could you walk beside me on secure ground and reach to hold my hand?”
Richelle E. Goodrich
“So it’s important to remember that our job isn’t to solve other people’s problems for them, but to help them to discover the ways that are most effective and most practical for them to deal with their own problems. We can’t wave a magic wand or open a self-help book to a certain page and say, “There–you’re no longer an alcoholic,” but we can listen to them and talk to them and help them to find ways to deal with the issues that are driving them to use alcohol. And when they’re facing the hardest times in dealing with the problems, we can be there as someone to lean on when they need to lean.”
“Every life is meant to help all lives; each man should live for all men’s betterment.”
“The more people I am able to help, the more people are willing to help others. The more followers we have, the closer we are to a perfect world.”
“It seems that many of us have the goal of making other people conform to our desires and expectations, whether or not we would admit to such a thing. We see this especially in parents who get upset because their children don’t conform to their expectations, but instead follow a pattern of development that is unique and individual. We often use language with peers and colleagues that encourages them to change their ways of doing things to our ways of doing things: “You should” and “You ought to” are usually presented as advice, but in the end they really are about changing someone else’s ways of doing things. And we may offer this “advice” in a spirit of love and helpfulness, but we can be much more helpful when we help them to find their own ways of changing things.
It can be incredibly freeing to spend an entire day not looking to try to change the behaviors, beliefs, or attitudes of other human beings. If we approach life in this way, we may learn much about the other people in our lives instead of trying to make them be like us.”