Just Do You

Because we always have choices…

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

    Join 409 other followers

  • Subscribe

  • Share With Others

    Bookmark and Share
  • Archives

  • To View Older Blogs From Blogger.com

    http://georgiannasaysjustdoyou.blogspot.com
  • Categories

  • 2010 to Present

    February 2011
    M T W T F S S
    « Jan   Mar »
     123456
    78910111213
    14151617181920
    21222324252627
    28  

Helping or Enabling?

Posted by georgiannasaysjustdoyou on February 16, 2011


There is a big difference between helping someone and enabling someone.  Do you know what it is?

Are there people in your life that you feel like never get it together, never change, never make progress, no matter how many times you step in to “help” them?  I am not writing this to suggest that you stop “helping” when someone needs it.  It might be an opportunity to reflect on the role you are playing in keeping someone stuck.  What would truly happen if you stopped helping?  What would happen if you never stop helping?  Do you want to be in the role of “helping” that person for the foreseeable future?  Where do you draw the line?

We all have the capacity to be empathetic and sympathetic.  We all have that desire to help others deep sown inside.  For some reason we can filter our desire to help with some better than with others.  Plus we do not have unlimited resources…if you do, call me, I want to be your friend!!! jk

So ask yourself some questions:

1) What is YOUR goal in helping?

2) Do you achieve that goal?

3) What is the other person’s goal in your helping them?

4) Do they achieve that goal?

5) Is it a good short term situation?

6) Is it a good long term situation?

7) (repeat) Where do you draw the line?

8) Who appointed you their savior?

There is so much that I could say about this subject, but from one enabler to another, I will not PREACH.  I am all about stating the obvious and giving myself an opportunity to reflect, decide and make it a purposeful decision.  If I am going to enable someone, I want to be an active participant in that decision.

This is my thought for today…I don’t have the answers, but I always have thoughts.  Won’t you share yours?

Advertisements

One Response to “Helping or Enabling?”

  1. Everyone who reaches out and helps family and friends on a regular basis should read this. Thank you Georgianna for your insight!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
%d bloggers like this: