What Happens When People Help People? (And a short clip from a recent talk)
Over the weekend my husband and I saw the now Academy Award winning movie, The King’s Speech, the story of how King George VI worked to overcome his speech impediment. Have you seen it?
If not, I highly recommend it. By the end I was moved to tears. First by the commitment of Lionel Logue, the speech therapist played by Geoffrey Rush, to help the King despite the King’s sometimes resistance. Second by the King, played by Colin Firth, to stick with the help, despite the challenges, frustrations and embarrassment he sometimes experienced.
Have you ever faced a challenge in your life that you wanted to give up on?
While I won’t go into more detail about the story, suffice it to say that when you have people in your life you can help and who can help you, great things can happen.
Can you think of an experience in your own life where this is true?
I recently gave a talk to a group of 50 local women business owners to fit the theme “Women helping women”. To make the point, I asked for a volunteer from the audience.
Using a headstand as a metaphor, I, along with the volunteer, demonstrated what can happen when women (people) help women (people). You can watch the beginning of the talk in the video below. (If you have trouble viewing the video, click here)
The bottom line is, as witnessed in this video and in movie’s like the King’s Speech, when people help people you can 1) achieve things you never even thought about before or 2) that you thought about but didn’t think possible.
We’re not walking this earth alone. Your work, whether volunteer or paid, helps people. Do people know how you can help them? When you have strong support systems you have people you can help and who can help you. And that is something to feel good about.
What do you think? Have you helped someone in your life lately? How did it feel? Did someone offer you help recently?