Have you ever started focusing so much on yourself and your own problems that it seems that there is no longer any room in your life for anyone else? You get stuck in your own little bubble of self-pity, guilt, anger, or any other of the many emotions that can plague us at any moment of the day. I've suffered it. My family and friends have suffered it. Everyone on the planet has suffered it. After having said that, there is always a choice that you can make to get out of that bubble. Let someone in. Care about someone else's problems and needs above your own. You will still have trials in your life obviously, but they are so much easier to bear when you know that you're not alone and that maybe you have helped someone else through their trials as well. Some people have physical needs, others emotional needs, and some people just need someone to treat them with kindness, compassion, and patience. Sometime it's the simplest things that have the power to change someone's whole day. Smile at a stranger today. Hold a door open for someone. Let someone go ahead of you in the checkout line at the grocery store. You may never see the result, but I guarantee that it will make a difference.
If you'd like to go a step further than that, there are countless ways that you can help others: volunteer at a counseling center, help serve meals at a homeless shelter, build houses with Habitat for Humanity, be a part of your area's Red Cross to help in times of crisis around the country, rescue and care for helpless animals with the Humane Society, contribute to the many charities available in the area, or go to the DFW Airport and be a part of their Welcome Home A Hero program or with the USO Dallas/Fort Worth to shake hands with returning soldiers and thank them for their service. There are so many ways that you can make a difference. You can also do a search through your city's website or your church's website for other volunteer opportunities.
Make a choice to get out of that destructive, self-imposed bubble. Be a blessing to someone today, and lend a hand to those who need your support, compassion, and love.
Below are some links that may help in finding a place for you to help: