Food for Thought: Don’t Put Out Someone Elses Candle Just to Make Yours Brighter

This saying really got me thinking when I first heard it. It helped me appreciate the friends I have even more. So maybe you all haven’t heard this exact phrase, but maybe something like it.

All of us have dealt with various struggles in our life. Yes some of us more than others. We shouldn’t put each other down. You could say we should share the spotlight with others instead of hogging it.

Here’s a scenario, say you and a friend are hiking up a big hill. You both reach the top, you feel great and have energy to spare. Yet your friend is tired and more exhausted than you. The moral is that you should give praise your friend for making it to the top. You shouldn’t belittle them for being tired and gloat that the hike was very easy for you.

You wouldn’t like it if someone put you down, belittled, or mocked you for something that you worked so hard at especially if it wasn’t easy for you to accomplish right? We should encourage and lift up each other especially our friends, family, co-workers, and fellow students. You don’t always know what kind of battles and struggles they are dealing with. That big amount of praise or even those few words like “Well Done” or ” You did it” can do wonders for a person’s overall well being.

Take care, stay safe, and remember your not alone and you have worth in this world.

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