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How to ask for help?

Solitude: A good place to visit, but a poor place to stay. 

Josh Billings 

Most of us don’t like to ask for help. We often tell others how hard it is to ask for help, and it sometimes seems we spend a lot of energy talking about it, but not asking for help.

Help can seem like a luxury reserved for other people. We think we don’t deserve it. We think we should be able to handle everything. We fail to realize we need help because we’re used to living in crisis. We tell ourselves our concerns and problems aren’t important enough to bother people with. Then, when life gets complicated, we blame ourselves for feeling overwhelmed and unable to act.

But we do deserve help. We deserve all the help we want and need, whether it’s a ride home when our car won’t start or a friend’s arms to hold us when we’re crying.

We’re worth the time, effort, and concern of others not because we’re different, but because we’re the same.

Say with me: Today, I will take the risk of asking for help, if help is what I need 

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