This ties in to my last post, where I talked about how everyone could use a hand to help keep our boat from sinking. Now, a question needs to be answered: Are you asking for that helping hand? Our days can get swallowed up by work, deadlines, commitments, family matters; you name it, it’s on our list (I can’t write it all down ’cause it’s a preetty long one). With all those things going on, you’re also trying to find some time to relax and focus on yourself, and that’s not easy. Going it alone, as I’ve discovered myself, is hard. If I’m gonna juggle all these things at once, I’m gonna need some more hands to help.
But I feel that a lot of people don’t ask, even when they really need it.
That could be for a few different reasons. They might think that they’re bothering others by asking. If someone tells you that it does bother them, then why are you even still talking to them? Not everyone can drop everything and run to you to help, but someone that cares about you will make the time to do so. Your cry for help shouldn’t be a burden to them.
Or maybe some see asking for help as a sign of weakness.
That, I don’t understand. If anything, I see it as a sign of strength and humility, that you’re willing to admit that you can’t do everything on your own and that you’re not perfect. And that’s something everyone can relate to. We’re certainly not perfect, we all have our flaws, and asking for help shows that you’re not afraid of people seeing yours.
Like many things in life, asking for help is a skill that’s not easy to learn, but once mastered, is truly freeing. You don’t have to fight all of your battles alone. After all, who in history ever charged into battle by themselves?
“The strong individual is the one who asks for help when they need it.” – Rona Barrett