In less than ten seconds, my little-head-voice and my independent-self had a brief back and forth: “I don’t need help; I can do it myself ….But wait, I could use some help….Why not.”
“I’d love some,” I called back.
Can you believe what a big step that was for me? Me, who loves solitude, who stashes away points for helping others, and who feels proud of all the shoveling she did at the cottage this winter. You know how it goes.
On the way home I got thinking about giving and receiving. If I hadn’t accepted that woman’s offer, I would have missed an opportunity to contribute my little part in manifesting the golden rule out there in the world. which, by the way, is widely considered to be at the core of all faith traditions. Pretty awesome.