Should I Help?

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At a San Francisco playground many years ago, I watched as a father lifted his two-year-old onto an elevated walkway. He and I were the only two fathers there, and I took it on myself to advise him. “You might not want to do that,” I said.  “It’s a little high for him.”

“Oh, he’ll be OK,” said the other Dad. “He’s a tough little kid.”  The child ran happily along the walkway, until he found a series of climbing bars going down and grabbed on one to climb.

Next thing we knew he was screaming.

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4 Responses to Should I Help?

  1. Linda Martin says:

    Great post as usual. Knowing when to try to help is sometimes very difficult. If trying to help is going to hurt me or make me resent doing it, I just try to take care of myself in most instances. Learned the hard way.

  2. Angelee says:

    Happy Gratitude Day David!
    I read most of your blog posts but rarely comment. Please know that I always appreciate your wisdom and storytelling style. I star them when they hit my inbox and save them for when I have a quiet moment to fully enjoy your words.
    With joy and warmth,

  3. Great wisdom here. Of course, there are certain areas of life where things are different. For example, if I take a fitness client and turn them loose in a gym, they’re almost certainly going to harm themselves. Gyms don’t work the same as playgrounds. And people have NO idea how to exercise safely. Weird, huh.

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