Is there anything I can do for you?
Linda Weise
February 6, 2022

Long before the word ‘creative’ was a word or like now, a descriptor for an actual I always thought that it was inherent to recognize someone in need and respond.  Whether a small need or something quite tremendous, there is always someone in need.  As a child, we went to church every Sunday and participated in communion, confirmation and all those ceremonies and never once did I think there was any other way.  Do unto others as you would do unto yourself and help thy neighbor- it’s that simple.

I grew up watching my mother find time to care for ailing neighbors, for busy relatives, for fellow churchgoers, for anyone really who asked or demonstrated need.  I realize now that it was my mother who, through her diligence and good nature, taught me to always ask “Is there anything that I can do for you?” before leaving a person.  She was always 100% sincere with that question- always.

She also taught me that ‘God helps those who help themselves.’  Now, you can interpret that however you like.  I always felt it was a bit judgemental in tone, growing up- I mean, not everyone can help themselves, all the time. But you have to try!  For another time.

Back to “Is there anything that I can do for you?”

My mother taught me sooooo much by asking that little question How deep-rooted those gifts she gave me are! She taught me empathy, patience, selflessness and the wisdom to know that that is really why we are here on earth- to help one another. What gifts!

So here I am now, with a beautiful family and the privilege to do profound work with children,  community and colleagues from all sectors.  I still hear myself asking that question at the end of every visit, meeting, gathering- ‘is there anything that I can do for you?’

And people say, “but you are already so busy!”  And I say, “no busier than anyone else who truly understands why we are all here.”

Give ‘that’ gift to your child- it’s as easy as letting them hear and see you ask that question- “Is there anything I can do for you?”

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