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Helping others helps me the most.

I feel like that title is a phrase that could use some dissecting. "Helping others helps me greatly" would have been easier but that's not the assignment.

There could be 2 options here on how to interpret that sentence.

A) When I help people, it helps me more than it helps them.

B) Helping people helps me more than anything else helps me.

I don't think I can completely agree with B. I need to be of service to my fellow man in order to feel right about myself, but I could probably come up with a decent list of things that are more necessary because if I didn't have those things, I don't believe I'd be in a position to help anyone.

Option A doesn't sound exactly right either. To me, it sounds like my main goal would be helping myself. I think my real motivation behind those decisions is to do what seems like the right thing. For a while there, I had excuses for why I couldn't do this or that, but not doing what I knew I should, kept me in the place that I didn't want to be anymore.

I'm pretty sure that between the ages of 18 and 25, I've probably helped people move in and out of their houses around 1,000 times. Maybe not that much, but quite a bit. I didn't always enjoy it, but those types of things were always a source of pride for me. Connecting people to treatment and other resources is how I try to help people these days. I'm beyond grateful for the position I'm in today.

Now, I think that's where my thoughts start to cross and cause me to pause.

So, I get kind of confused when I think about this topic because I tend to pick on myself and I really don't like feeling like I'm helping myself more than others because it just seems like it goes against how I was raised. But maybe that's just because of the way I'm looking at it. At the end of the day, I have to do what I feel is right, as much as possible, to take care of my mental health. I've also put myself in a position to assist in important aspects of people's lives and because of how I have to take care of myself, I end up helping others along the way. At least I hope so. And that's actually another point. I really have no way to gauge to what degree I've helped anybody if any, but I know trying to, has helped me feel more like the person I believe I am, which just makes me feel like I'm where I'm supposed to be in life.

What I guess I'm saying is, I don't necessarily like the sound of "Helping others helps me the most", but it looks like it's true.

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