Feel Your Best Tip: Post Wicked Weather—How to Help Others

Feel Your Best Tip: Post Wicked Weather—How to Help Others

9/13/17 — When Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, one of my best friends, Ashleigh Spruell, had to leave her house (with her daughter and their pets) on a raft and paddle board. They made it down the street and were picked up by good Samaritans in a canoe, which capsized in the rough current shortly thereafter.

Dirty, wet, exhausted, and terrified, Ashleigh & co. scrambled, got back in the boat, and eventually made it to a friend’s house in one piece. Then that house flooded too. Insert dramatic escape 2.0.

When my dear friend finally made it to a safe space, it would have been easy to collapse into self-pity and despair. It would have been understandable too. But instead, she and her fiancé used their connections to find a boat, and they started rescuing others. When that job was done, they volunteered and collected donations.

I am beyond inspired by their resilience and generosity. Their story is one of many tales of heroism in recent weeks. Not only have thousands of people donated their time, many more—from all across the country—have donated money and supplies. As I reflect on our nation’s recent bad weather, what I mostly see is goodness. Care. Kindness. Perseverance. Generosity.

That prompted the following video. To keep this magical momentum going, self-care is of the essence. As the video explains, self-care means more than eating well and getting rest. It’s deeper than that. It starts within our heads—in our thoughts. Mental discipline and maintaining a level of positivity in our minds is the starting point for authentic self-care. As we do this, helping others creatively and powerfully isn’t effort—it’s easy. It is a natural extension of self-compassion.

Ashleigh knows self-care. I have been watching her let go of what’s out of her control, focus on (and celebrate) what she still does have, and in the midst of her mammoth to-do list, take occasional pauses to do things she loves. With this, she continues to show up for others, rebuild, and grow stronger by the day. She inspires me.

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