‘Would you like a cheese sandwich?’ #strokerecovery

Now be honest, are you so busy with juggling the balls of your own life – work, kids, partner, home, family etc – to be able or willing to care about for the needy and vulnerable people on our society?

 

Truthfully, this was perhaps a bit more like me pre-2010 – although I did a few charitable fundraising challenges and donated my skills to a local charity, before my own D-Day!

 

It may be the case that you care but struggle cope with others vulnerabilities, fragilities or mental health issues, so you steer a course away from the ‘said’ damaged individual?

 

Perhaps, you are selfish narcissist and are solely focussed in pursuing your own personal fortune and agenda? Sadly, there are quite a lot of people like that in the world.

 

Maybe, a your friend or relative who actually kindly visits you, but then is only able to offer patronising ‘sympathy’ or asks, ‘would you like a cheese sandwich?’

 

If you are lucky, a friend or relative will offer true ’empathy’. You know when a caring friend says, ‘I have absolutely no idea how you must be feeling right now, but I’m here to listen and support you, if YOU want.’

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But better still, is where someone offers you ‘altruism’.

So what is altruism you ask?

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Well it was put perfectly by Matthieu Ricard in a recent TED talk. He said,

‘The wish for others to be happy and to help them find the cause of their happiness.’

 Helping others find a way to cope positively benefits not only the ‘recipient’ but will make the ‘giver’ equally as happy.

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