Posted on August 1st, 2011
“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” ~ Albert Schweitzer
Support is solid ground underneath as you take a new step; it’s the wind breathing fresh air into a stagnant space; it’s a ray of sunshine beckoning a flower to blossom.
We all need support from time to time, and we each benefit when we offer it to others. It might be a friend who listens with compassion to another’s dilemma, or a parent who opens their child’s eyes to a new perspective, or a neighbor who brings a warm meal to a grieving family.
When support is offered from the heart and soul, it’s wrapped in love, care, and encouragement. If it’s offered from a place of guilt, duty or pity it plants the seeds of victimhood along with it.
While it’s tempting to drop into a lower level of sympathy and sorrow when a loved one suffers, it’s not very supportive. We may end up enabling or taking on the other’s pain. Or we may close our heart to block it out. But when we rise up into a higher level of empathy and compassion, we can be present for another’s suffering and see their inner strengths and resources as the same time.
One of the greatest gifts we can offer others is to support the bigness in them. To look past the physical, mental or emotional struggles and see the spirit within. A simple hello to the spiritual being that resides within a human body can ignite a powerful light within. And doing so reminds us of our eternal essence as well.
Insights on Being Supportive
♦ Reflect on the type of support that has been truly helpful to you over your lifetime. What was it that made it so supportive; was it the action, the words, or the essence behind it?
♦ What is your favorite way to be supportive to others? Do you like to offer your skills and experience, provide humor and encouragement, listen without judgment, or send love and positive thoughts to others?
♦ How do you support yourself? Are you able to be your own best friend, cheerleader, nurturer, and coach? Where could you offer more support to yourself?
Inspiration on Giving and Receiving Support
♦ Reflect on someone in your life who could use your support. It may be a close friend or family member, or it may be a homeless person on the street. What could you do to uplift, nurture or encourage this person? Do it today or sometime this week.
♦ Where do you need support right now? Is it physical, mental, emotional, spiritual? Do you need to take a break, ask for a helping hand, nurture and pamper yourself, connect to your higher self, set some healthy boundaries, get more exercise? Recognize what you need and find a way to give it to your self or ask for support.
♦ Tune in intuitively or energetically to the support in your life at this time. You may see faces of friends and family come to mind, or you may sense angelic support nearby. Know that whenever you need a hand, support is close by - just ask for it and be open to receive it.
What is your favorite form of support? Please share this in the comment section as a way to inspire others.