Recently, it’s been pretty difficult for many of my friends and myself to keep up a pace we started off with…essentially, we are running out of steam. Life has a tendency to run us down, but that’s when we can also discover what we are made of, who is around us to help push us along, and who we lean on. Everyone needs someone to push us uphill.
Many people do not know of a city called Helper in Utah. It’s about 120 miles southeast of Salt Lake City, seven miles outside of Price, Utah. “Helper is situated at the mouth of Price Canyon, alongside the Price River, on the eastern side of the Wasatch Plateau in Central Utah. Trains traveling westward from the Price side to the Salt Lake City side of the plateau required additional “helper” engines in order to make the steep (2.4% grade) 15 mile climb up Price Canyon to the town of Soldier Summit. Helper was named after these helper engines, which the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad stationed in the city” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helper,_Utah).
In our lives, we need helpers—someone to help push us uphill in the difficult moments, someone who has our back, someone who can share the burdens. The Dalai Lama is quoted saying, “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.”
Maybe we feel like we aren’t worthy or aren’t able to help someone. Remember what President Ronald Regan said, “We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.” So everyone can help someone. Some just may be better at it than others.
Who, in your life, needs a helper, a friend, a soundboard? Who could you connect with? If you have someone who is helping you, thank them. Just remember, at some point, they will unhook themselves and you’ll be on your own again…all aboard? Let’s go. Full steam, ahead!