I like to believe that people, for the most part, want to be helpful. It feels great to make a positive difference in someone’s life. It’s a way of paying it forward.
Barring immediate physical harm, how far do you go to help someone? It’s possible that in your best intentions (or impatience?) to relieve someone’s struggle, laziness, or apathy, you rob them of their natural resourcefulness.
When you always take up the slack, what do they learn? When training wheels become permanent fixtures, reliance on an ever-present fixer-upper trumps trust in intuition and creativity.
What would it look like if you showed up with your sincere intentions without encroaching on their innate capacity to show up fully, too?
Whose hero do you need to be?
(Photo credit: VeryDemotivational.com – “Training Wheels – They have to come off sometime”)