Something I’m thinking about at the moment is the balance between helping others and not forcing help on them.
I’ve found it difficult in friendships to not act as an emotional crutch for someone who is suffering. It’s important to support others and create the space for them to be vulnerable with us. But when the struggles begin to burden both people and bring them down, something is not working.
In all our encounters it’s important to meet people where they’re at. We have to learn to walk in their shoes. We have to try to see the world through their eyes.
We also want to bring others up. We can act as teachers and challenge others because this allows space for learning and growth.
Are you a teacher to some people in your life? How do you try to bring them up?