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Everybody needs somebody - Jaya Franklin

Helping people is very important. I was always taught that, if you are able to help someone, you should.

But, unfortunately in this day and age, it's hard to figure out if someone sincerely needs help, or if they're trying to get over on you. I have learned to think these things over before taking action.

Some people ignore their intuition, and then regret it at a later date. But, regardless of the possible ulterior motives, I still think that it's important to help those who are in need.

No matter where you are in life, you've received some type of help along the way, so why not lend a helping hand to others?

You may have received help from a college professor. He or she may have given you some advice that stuck with you throughout your lifetime, and it may have shaped who you are today.

Or, it may have been that friend who is always around and available, no matter when you call, or what time. It could have been someone you didn't even know, and happened to stumble upon.

Regardless of who it is, someone besides yourself is partly responsible for helping you achieve your dreams.

Several people have helped me, including my mentor, my mother and some of my college professors. When someone helps you, you should keep in mind that they aren't obligated to do so. It's just something that they chose to do out of the kindness of their hearts.

Every chance that you get, it is important to show appreciation for what that person has done for you.

I'm grateful for every individual who has helped me get to where I am today, and where I will, one day, be.

I often call them and let them know exactly how I feel.

Jaya Franklin covers government for the Henry Daily Herald. She can be reached at (770) 957-9161, or via e-mail at jfranklin@henryherald.com.