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people pass them everyday

without knowing a thing about them

why cant we stop and say

we care, we will help them?

when i help others

my eyes are off me

but its hard to try to heal

andddd help others all at once.

gosh i wanna help somebody

but i cant even get myself well

God please help me to see

who needs the words i can tell


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I've felt this many times, here on the site. What I've found, after doing it for a while, is that the very act of helping others is healing for ourselves. You don't have to wait until you feel that you're "fixed"; I'm not sure "fixed" ever happens, anyway. But also, what people need most isn't knowledgeable advice. Mostly, they need a sympathetic ear. In other words, we're all qualified.

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You don't have to be "well" to help others. Heck....therapists are just as messed up as the rest of us. One of the things that stuck with me when I was in school to be a therapist was this....."You don't have to have it all together to be a therapist....you just have to have it all together when doing therapy." Malign is right, we all have difficulties in life. EVERYBODY does. Sometimes they are worse than others. But any act of caring and empathy can be a gift to someone in pain. Don't need a degree for that. You just need to care.

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