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Write Now With Jean Rowe: Help


The world can feel like a scary place, and we live in a time where many need help. 30 MTU considered how we can help the world earlier this month, and it feels good and right to cast the net wider for more of us to write about this notion and consider it.

It is not uncommon to wonder how we can make a difference when Big Things are happening. We can, though, make a difference even in the smallest of ways.

We might start with our own self-care. Are we getting enough rest? Have we connected even virtually with loved ones to make sure we’re connecting? Do we need a snack?

We might consider volunteering. Look at local opportunities to be of service. Pay attention to what feels safe for you to do at this time. The United Way has an avenue on its website to look for volunteer opportunities. You can narrow the search to your area. If world events are drawing your attention for ways to help, here is one article (among many) highlighting ways you can. 

Helping others is good for us (there’s research that says so!). One of the most important things to remember is that making an effort makes a difference. Care yourself. Call a friend. Drop off a sandwich to someone who is under the weather. Help serve food to the homeless. Let this sit to see what surfaces to be your next move.

Then write about it.

Write about what you might try.

What about what you do try.

Include details like:

How does it feel to be of service?

Even for yourself?

Even in a small-step-kind-of-way?

Let me know how it goes! I’d love to hear from you.

Help me if you can, I’m feeling down

And I do appreciate you being ’round

Help me get my feet back on the ground

Won’t you please, please help me

The Beatles

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