People tell us that things are so turbulent, so goofy, they are almost locked up in their lives. They can’t do anything. Experienced sailors will tell you that the surest way to survive a storm at sea is to sail directly into it, at full power.
Once our physical needs are met, our greatest longings are for purpose, efficacy, and connection. The surest way to secure those is by helping someone else. Without security, purpose, efficacy, and connection we cannot have dignity, the simplest affirmation of our worth.
These longings are especially strong in a storm, in times when the rest of our world is turned upside down. They signal that while the world is capricious—and it certainly can be—our Being endures. We can still thrive, we can still grow as a human being. That is true well-being.
We are bigger when we help others and what the world needs more than anything else is more bigger people because it is bigger people who bring about a better world.