In what way is it a ‘true responsibility’ to support others?

An excerpt of Chapter X – The True Responsibility of Supporting Others – from my book, A Glimpse of Heaven: The Philosophy of True Health…

“It is likely that a great majority of us recognize the importance of displaying heartfelt support for others in their abilities and pursuits. The ‘true responsibility of supporting others’ goes a step further. Its basic principle sets forth that each one of us has no greater responsibility to ourselves, than that of being supportive toward others.

To be clear, this notion does not in any way infer that we should ever be blind or codependent to what may be the silly unhealthful whims, dalliances, and/or unsound aspirations or judgments of others. It does infer that there is no greater means by which to assist ourselves or others toward substantive realization of true health/true happiness, than our support of others in their healthful choices and objectives – and most importantly, their ability to succeed therein. Such mindful and deliberate acts, when displayed in a healthful selfless spirit of dignity, decency, goodness, and grace, are in significant congruence with taking true responsibility for our own health and wellbeing.

It may be accurately said that “there is nothing perfect on this earth,” albeit employment of healthful loving compassion in our support of others may be among those things that are ‘as close as it gets.’ In these traditions, realistic and compassionate support of others is a common means by which to enjoy those wonderful ‘spine-tingling’ feelings, coined herein as one aspect of a glimpse of heaven. As opportunities arise in which we can allow ourselves the true freedom to support others in their ability to succeed, we may learn to objectively witness, grasp…a true appreciation of the miracle of the moment.” — Dr. Glen Hepker (Copyright 2011)


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2 thoughts on “In what way is it a ‘true responsibility’ to support others?

  1. I’m so glad you pointed this out. It is extremely difficult to tell the difference between people-pleasing/codependency and true compassionate giving, but when we can give to others with a pure and selfless heart, it is the greatest reward we humans can experience. Thanks for sharing this important insight!


    • You’re so ever quite welcome, Christa – and thanks so very much to you for sharing your such impeccable insight. It is clear that you completely understand the dynamic. Please know it genuinely means a lot. Brightest of blessings to you in your day. – Glen


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