WISDOM

Helping Others

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Help Yourself By Helping Others

10/25/2015

Hirshel Jaffe, called The Running Rabbi says, “For over 20 years as a rabbi, before my illness, I had helped others through crisis. I was supposed to have all the answers. Yet when I got sick, I discovered I didn’t have them. I felt confused, frightened and desperate. My experience with serious illness has made me want to share with you what I’ve learned.

When my physicians noticed how depressed I was in the hospital, they said, ‘Be a rabbi—go and counsel other patients.’ I did, and my energy and zest for life came back.”

My Friends Don’t Care

10/05/2015

Recently, I received a letter from Marcia.  She says, “For the past 1.5 years, I’ve been balancing working full time, meeting the needs of my own family and being primary caregiver for my mom who is losing the cancer battle. I am weary and worn. I am so terribly disappointed in my circle of friends […]

Being A Friend To A Sick Friend

08/04/2014

How can I be a friend to a friend who’s sick?

Letty Pogrebin in her book, How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who’s Sick, gives the following advice:

1. The best response in any encounter with a sick friend is to say, “Tell me what I can do to make things easier for you—I really want to help.”

An Elephant, A Chain & Freedom

10/01/2015

Can a bicycle chain hold an elephant in place? Yes it can!

Josh McDowell tells a story about a chained elephant which reminds us of some adults who are chained to their horrific past of physical, emotional or sexual abuse. Josh writes:

“We’re like a circus elephant tied down by a bicycle chain. We ask how one small chain could hold a powerful elephant. The trainer explains that the chain doesn’t hold him; it’s the elephant’s memory that keeps him from trying to escape.

How Does Depression Feel?

02/21/2015

How can we care for a person who is depressed?

To begin, it is helpful to remember what depression feels like to the one who is depressed.

Depression feels like…

Mrs. Grumpy

08/15/2015

She was crabby! Grumpy! She yelled at the nurses and complained all the time. Just the kind of person I like to avoid, but I couldn’t because she was in the bed next to my mother in a rehab center. Every day when I went to visit my mother, I hoped that ‘she’ would be sleeping or at physical therapy. One day God whispered in my ear, “When you do it unto the least of these, you do it to me.” Oh! OK! My sister and I started showering Mrs. Grumpy with care and kindness: We brought her flowers, cookies, said “Hi” and asked her, “What may we do for you today?”

God Nudge Story By Jennifer

09/18/2015

It was two days before Christmas and a horrible ice storm hit our town. Thousands were without power and the outside temperatures were below freezing.

After cleaning up the kitchen, I sat down for a minute to relax and work on a puzzle. Out of the blue, a family from my church came to my mind. The mother is suffering from a severe mental condition and has been placed in an adult care facility. The father has a major brain injury, and the oldest son has Down syndrome.