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Higher Ground

b2ap3_thumbnail_j0149016Sounds like from the title of this post that I’m suggesting something regarding a natural disaster.  Let’s face it, many times when faced with some threat we retreat to higher ground.  The higher ground is the safest place to be when trying to survive whatever is occurring.  If you’ve ever had the experience then you know it’s a great feeling of relief when you’ve gotten yourself to the safety of higher ground.

But, safety on higher ground is not what I’m talking about here.  Rather, I’m focused on a key thing you must do if you are going to truly be of help to others.  You must establish a position of being on higher ground, so to speak.  You can’t help someone, usually, by pulling them down.  Help would seem to always be provided through lifting or pulling people up.

Think about it from a less metaphoric point of view.  To help someone you have to know something they don’t know that can serve them well, if you teach to them.  To help someone you have to be more physically fit than they are to be able to demonstrate exactly how they can become fit, too.  To help someone you have to have a level of motivation that is greater than your desire to not get involved with them.

It can all be summarized by something Ralph Waldo Emerson said:  “If you would lift me up you must be on higher ground.”

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