What do you do when you see a person in need, offer a hand, and have it slapped away?
1. Acknowledge you may have identified a need that is your own projected onto someone else.
2. Recognise your helping hand may be seen as aggression or criticism.
3. Know that you too have rejected many a hand because you were not ready, or able, to take it.
You have to meet people where they are. Po Bronson (author of 'What should I do with my life?') has a useful comment on this:
"You want a step? Step one: stop pretending we're all on the same staircase".
Everyone's journey is unique.