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Find a place where you can be quiet with your thoughts. Close your eyes and breathe deeply for about five minutes, perhaps repeating a word or phrase to separate yourself from the activities of the day. When you feel settled and relaxed, think about some of the people who have helped you or really made a difference in your life. Were those people who went out of their way to help you out?

Think about what drove these people to help you: Was it a sense of duty, or did they sense a need which they felt compelled to fill?

Now think about a time in your life when you felt the need to reach out to someone else and help them at a time when it was especially needed. What made you want to help them at that time? Would you have continued to help as eagerly if you had faced a series of obstacles along the way? What if anything might have discouraged you from pursuing this path? If you did face any obstacles, what encouraged you to keep going?

Keep these thoughts in your mind as you lead this session and help the participants to explore our heritage of helping one another.

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