Thursday, July 22, 2010

Ask and You Shall Receive

Asking isn’t a problem for many, we can ask for what we want. We can ask for what we think we are entitled to. We can ask for a lot of things. One thing that is difficult to ask for however, is help.

Sometimes we all need a helping hand. Help might mean financial assistance but help comes in a myriad of other forms. We need help with the kids. We could use some help on a project. You might need some help to make it through an emotionally difficult time. No matter what your need at some point we all need some kind of help.

But, the same pride that comes before a fall, often gets in the way of a request for help. Think of all of the people who could have been spared the hurt or aggravation or embarrassment, if they had just reached out.

To be honest, there are some people who will look down on you for even admitting that you need help. They will pass judgment. They will condescend. They might even laugh. Yet, for every cruel and callous person standing at the ready to mock you, there are others willing to lend a helping hand and not offer a foot on your neck. Seek out those who can help you but also those who will uplift and encourage you through a difficult time.

When you ask for help, be open to suggestions and counteroffers. Maybe the person you’ve asked cannot give you the exact kind of help that you need, but maybe they can do something.

Yes, there will come a time when we all need help and there is also a time when people come to us for help. When that time comes, show the same generosity, kindness and support that you would want to receive.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help and don’t be afraid to offer to help someone else.

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