The importance of recognizing the need for help

I have observed, over the course of my life, that there are, generally speaking, two types of people in this world when it comes to accepting help; ones that do so gladly, and ones that avoid doing so like the plague.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with asking for or accepting help, however some of us are reluctant to do so because it means we are allowing ourselves to be vulnerable, which can be damaging to pride. There are also some of us who rely too heavily upon help, and in doing so, we become unwilling to complete tasks on our own, which isn’t a great practice either.

There is a fine line when it comes to recognizing the need for help. Without being too eager or too hesitant, once we are able to establish the balance involved with needing help, it can be an incredible thing. Like, really incredible. Freeing, almost.

I strongly believe that a lot of us avoid acknowledging that we need help because, in a way, we are admitting that we are unable to do something on our own. This can be destructing to our self-confidence and self-worth, but at the same time, it takes balls to swallow our pride and admit that we do, in fact, need some help, so it can be a bit of a catch 22 situation.

It is, in a way, a skill to possess the ability to recognize when we do need help, or when to ask for it. Refraining from asking for assistance for reasons such as weakness and pride isn’t a great ideology, and we are far better off to drop any assumptions we may have about needing to admit we need help. We are human, and we need each other, and sometimes, we simply cannot face something on our own.

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