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Like a lot of people throughout Canada and the United States, winter can be very harsh. It seems that just as you recover from one storm another hits. It's been so bad this year that the snow and ice load on our studio roof almost collapsed it.

Just as I had started to panic knowing the roof could give way at any time, my neighbor drove in to sell some tickets for a fundraising event. You see, here in the country, neighbors have to support each other because we are so far out in the bush.

Well, to say the least, I was relieved. For not only did a pair of strong hands arrive to help me install some temporary braces, my neighbor also directed me to another neighbor who specializes in log home construction and is a master at log and beam support.

The next morning, my other neighbor arrived to review the potential collapse, and, in short order, offered a solution that could easily be accommodated within the week. Did you ever wonder why it is that just in the nick of time, a solution presents itself?

Part of these timely solutions has to do with how you treat other people. And, I don't mean treating people well just because you think you may be able to use their skills, or help, or whatever down the road. How you treat people no matter who they are, where they come from, what situation their in, or how difficult they are, is to treat other people with respect and dignity.

All of this says that, in this life, I'm convinced what goes around comes around. Now, I'm not bragging, but I've always strived to treat all people with respect no matter who they are. In fact, this attitude carried me through some tough times when I served in the justice system.

Maybe you think you don't need anybody to help you. Maybe you think you can go it alone no matter what happens. Well, if you can, you are very unusual. Throughout one's lifetime, we all need help, or at least a friendly shoulder to assist us in overcoming an obstacle in life. Neighbors may be only one option. Maybe it's someone you did a good turn for without any thought of personal gain. Or, maybe it is a perfect stranger who lends you a hand in times of disaster, or a break down on a lonely stretch of road.

Treat others as you'd want to be treated and allow yourself the freedom to enjoy all those good things that will surely befall you. Life is too short and full of bumps to do otherwise.

Byron Pulsifer is one of the editors of Stress Relief Read about our journey; our experiences, our learnings, our challenges, our difficulties, and, our achievements in finding stress relief.


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