Establishing and maintaining good relationships means shifting our focus from the “burden” mentality and instead showing compassion and gratitude for the person helping us. Hawken’s newest article “Overcoming the Idea of Being a Burden” delves into the “burden” mentality felt by those with disabilities and ways we can defeat this mindset.
Have you ever felt like a burden to your friends and family? Were you able to work through this problem and if so how?
Nobody likes to be a burden, but I remember in my past life of being a temporarily able bodied person, how easy it was to hold the door for someone or help them find where they were going. I remember how good it felt to take a little time to help someone out. I don’t want my hangup about being a “burden” to keep anybody from feeling that!
Pete, I still find myself battling against feeling like a burden but you’re right. There is beauty in helping someone else and both sides (able-bodied and the ones in need of help) should see that first. Like Hawkin said, helping a friend and asking a friend for help can actually improve relationships.
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