Some think that asking for help is a sign of weakness – going it alone, shows strength and courage and determination, doesn’t it? Well…perhaps. But it also leads to burnout, overwhelm and exhaustion. And from that place, we aren’t good for anyone, especially ourselves.
What if asking for help was actually a sign of courage, strength and determination? What if it isn’t about who gets the job done, but that it gets done? What if it is about knowing our strengths and weaknesses and initiating our inner power to create a team of support around us to help remove the high highs and the low lows? What if asking for help shows commitment and dedication to the movement or the task at hand? What if our healing depended on us participating in life with others and not going solo?
Connection is key.
Collaboration is beautiful.
Assistance is a gift.
There was a time when I was really resistant to help. An influential mentor in my life reframed it for me when she said, “Sometimes Juli, we need to give others the gift of giving to us. Not everyone has the opportunity to assist, and when the opportunity arises for them, it helps them on their own personal journey. We give a gift and we get a gift in return when we allow assistance to flow.” This new outlook certainly moved me in the direction of allowing and inviting help to arrive in many ways.
It’s okay to not be okay. It’s okay to ask for help along the way. This week we are encouraged to embrace our team, lean into our tribe, seek out professionals, trusted friends and family and to step into our courage to not only ask for help when we need it, but to also receive it with grace when it comes.