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A Little Help

A Little Help

Instructor’s Corner: A Little Help…

We can get by with a little help from our friends…so said the Beatles!

When we give a little help to our friends – it makes their lives a little easier and our lives all the richer for being able to help someone else.

In helping others though – I no longer expect the favor to be necessarily returned; I used to think that this is how it all worked – but I have been very wrong on more than one occasion.

Some people see a helping hand as a sign of weakness and will try to take advantage of you whenever they can. This has happened to me more than once. I was shocked at the time – and have quietly distanced myself from such people since, but there is a lesson here – and it is simple…be okay with helping others but don’t expect reciprocation. If it does happen, then you know you have found a real friend…but just don’t expect it.

My old Brazilian Jiu Jitsu professor David Meyer once said “Giving is giving. Helping is helping. It’s not business. It’s not a trade. Expect nothing in return.” Something to that effect, he is a very smart man. Tis the season to give, and enjoy giving/helping, you will see yourself grow more as a person.

See you in class
Master Bartley

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