None of us really succeeds without the support of family, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances; you know, it takes a village. Often, it's total strangers who offer help at the unlikeliest of times. Last week, Red Room asked its members to blog about a time they were helped.
As I wrote on my blog, my email elicited two responses giving me help with my question about Buddhism. Others wrote about getting help from a writing community for the first time, or had the help of a perfect counselor who gave the right push on the road to higher education.
There were fewer than forty blog posts on this topic, but the quality this time was particularly high. I hope you'll take some time to check each one out and comment on one or two of your favorites. Two stood out:
Elizabeth Marcheschi's harrowing but heartwarming account of the help a veterninarian gave her dog and her is not to be missed. Read "Saving Copper's Heart."
Richard W. Humphries skillfully starts small with the man who draws his blood every month and widens his view to the obstacles to growing up in a tough urban neighborhood. Read "Drawing Blood."
These bloggers will receive books by Red Room authors: Catherine Ryan Hyde's 2000 New York Times Best Seller Pay It Forward, and its movie adaptation, got everyone talking about altruism. Catherine is offering a copy of that book and an advance copy of her newest, a young-adult novel called Jumpstart the World, whose protagonist is challenged by the help offered by a new love. Julia Rogers Hamrick just released her second guide to adjusting one's attitude and accepting help, Choosing Easy World: A Guide to Opting Out of Struggle and Strife and Living in the Amazing Realm Where Everything is Easy.
See all of Red Room's past blog topics listed here, and suggest a few more in the comments. Thanks as always for blogging!
–Huntington W. Sharp, Senior Editor, Red Room