I recall a time when my kids were on three different soccer teams. They all needed to be on a different field, in a different part of town at the same time! I thought, well I am a soccer mom…I can do this! I brought so much stress on myself because I was trying to do the impossible. Yes it is impossible to be in three places at once. Initially I refused to ask for help and tried to divide my time driving back and forth. It took someone else (my husband) pointing out that we needed help! He recommended we work with some of the other parents who were going through the same thing. Finally relief! Why didn’t I think to ask others to help me?
This is such a simple example of how we have become programmed to do everything ourselves and not ask for help. Is asking for help a sign of weakness? I say NO…
Where did we get the idea that we always have to always be strong, independent, and able to withstand everything life throws at us? Maybe from our families, friends or even unrealistic expectations we’ve placed on ourselves. The truth is, sometimes we need help, and the challenges we face in life can become overwhelming. For some people, when they’re going through a difficult time, it can be hard to ask for help.
Asking for help is a sign of strength! Realizing that we can’t do everything on our own and reaching out to others for help demonstrates humility, courage and strength. If you recognize you’re having a stressful or difficult time with something, don’t be afraid to reach out and find support.