Posted by Michael Pollard (188.8.131.52) on October 12, 2000 at 03:56:09:
In Reply to: Re: a need to humble myself posted by Brian Taylor on October 11, 2000 at 23:56:25:
Being a shy introverted teen like myself, I can say that being somewhat of a hermit is really not to terrible. But to develop altruism and to break your selfcenteredness, getting human contact is important... how can we care about people unless we understand them. Even if you cannot be a paramedic, there are other jobs which can be rewarding and less time consuming. One id to volenteer at the animal shelter, and another is to volenteer at a shelter for people or a thift shop. Does the US have the Salvation Army? If so check with them. As for more common life... I just try to care about people... I don't know how I do it, but I find myself concerned with the people I know, and often don't. I think that as you see people are like you, that they experince the same emotions and experinces... also think about how much of your own life and experinces depend on other people. Just think about how much your classmates are like you, and how they are the bulk of your life... this seems to help to a certain amount. but more then anything, listen to them. If they have a problem chences are you can identify with them to some degree. I didn't think this one girl in my english class would be someone I identify with... but I do. Or the guy that I was afraid of in Juniour high... but I do with him to. I dare say, I could identify with one or two of the things of most people... if they'd open up. Also, don't be afraid to open up to another... perhaps this is just me, and I've seen a lot so that's why I identify so well... then again, it is just as likely that they simply experince the similare to me, and me to them. You;d be suprised what you have in common with others. Metta.
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