What Happened After The Beetle in the Bathtub

Earlier this week, I posted a short tongue-in-cheek story about a beetle in a bathtub. It was meant to be a little inspirational, and a little humorous. The idea was that if you keep trying, someone might feel sorry for you and help you out. Not long after I posted the story, it actually came true for me.

While struggling up the slippery wall of my own goals, I reached out to someone for information. The information turned into an exchange which got me something I need for much less than it was worth, or than I could remotely afford to pay. I won’t go into details, because I made a promise. Suffice it to say that someone reached down and gave me a boost to the next stage of my climb. I will be forever grateful to this person. But there’s something I’m even more grateful for.

This person’s kindness reminded me to be kinder myself—to reach out and help someone up when I get the chance. It reminded me that I need to look for those opportunities to “pay it forward” even when it means losing an hour or so of my precious work time.  So then the question is, what skills do I have that I could use to help people? I’ve thought about writing a book and donating the profits, as J. K. Rowling has done. I’ve thought about the skills I currently have, and the knowledge I’m trying to collect, and whether any of it is useful enough to  help new writers, or entrepreneurs trying to start a new business.  And I don’t know.

How do you pay it forward? How have people helped you in the past? What kind of help do you wish you could find?

2 thoughts on “What Happened After The Beetle in the Bathtub”

  1. I had a writers’ group once that met in a (visual) art collective’s space, and we did copy writing for some of their shows. Don’t underestimate how valuable writing is to people who don’t know how to do it.

    For me, right now, what I’m looking for is help with the social–with the putting my work out there. With building the following for my website, and my work. I’m so very not good at that.

    Sometimes, though, the offer is the help. By reaching out, you tell someone they are not alone. By reaching out, you build the kind of community where people know they can get help.

    1. I hear you, Karen. Getting the work out there and building a following is something a lot of people struggle with. It’s nice to have more choices as a writer. We can work really hard to get through the gatekeepers of traditional publishing, or we can work really hard to learn all the skills we need to self-publish. We can even do some of both. But either way, we still have to learn to be comfortable promoting our own work. The great thing is that a lot of writers really do reach out to help others. It’s a good community to be a part of.

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