Friends who helped me laugh again
Rough Times Didn't Get the Best of Me
Have you ever had a string of bad luck? Bad things that seem to happen all at once? I went through such a patch a few years back, but with the help of some awesome people, I got through it just fine. It's my gratitude for them that inspired this hub.
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Back when this Hub was a Lens, it won the Friendship Month Lens Contest! - Thanks to GypsyOwl for running a Fun competition!
Thanks for being there when I needed you . . .
Thanks to Lester and Esther, I was able to laugh again.....
Taking the time to take care of a friend in need is a noble thing.
Several years back I went through a "rough patch", when I was robbed, then my washer pipe broke and flooded my house, and I totaled my car.
My friend Lester took me shopping to replace some of the items that were stolen, and loaned me his vehicle while I was waiting on the insurance check.
Esther, another friend and co-worker, took up a collection at work and got my washer replaced.
I was touched so much more by their kindness than I was hurt by the robbery and mechanical breakdown.
It means more to me than any physical item could ever mean.
No Cash to Give?
Helping a friend is not always about money.
Here are some good ways to be helpful to a friend during a tough time:
1. Genuine Compliments: Noticing something nice about her and sharing it can make an otherwise stressful day a little brighter
2. Practice Active Listening: Let her talk about it. Active listening shows her you are there for her.
a. Keep eye contact, Lean forward
b. Keep an open posture - nod frequently to show her you understand
c. Mirror her expression and Clarify what you hear: "Sounds really challenging"
d. Keep focused on her: avoid personal distractions or other distractions from the environment
3. Offer Your Time: Can you run an errand or two for her? Maybe pick up a few groceries while you're there for your family already? Offer to wash a couple of loads of clothes or to cook dinner in her home. When someone is in crisis mode, every little thing is one more thing to add to the stress. Taking a little off her plate really lets her know how much you care.
4. It's Okay to Laugh: When times are tough, it's easy to forget how therapeutic laughter can be. Sometimes, life just calls for a little humor. See if you can find the humor in her situation and share it.
Could you take care of me?
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Lester and his beautiful kids at recent Hondurus Medical Mission Trip
Pay it Forward - Generosity goes much further than your pocketbook
Thanks to my friends I don't have to go to the laundromat - But these guys have a good time anyway!
The art of giving - Might be a gift to yourself
My friend Lester loves his hot tub. This one's for him!
Things to do today
Pick up dry cleaning
Dog to vet
Give to charity
Help a friend
Pay it forward
To inspire and show gratitude - Where I find the love, I share it!
Starting this list out with a song gifted to his friends by Musician Mark Shepard
- Mark Shepard Songs
A Life In Song: 30 Years of Sparkling Original Words & Music
- Coming Home | Mark Shepard Songs
a song about healing by Mark Shepard
- Active Listening - Communication Skills Training from MindTools.com
Many of us don't listen as well as we could. Learn how to use "active listening" to make a conscious effort to hear and understand what people are saying.