I tend to be prideful regarding the fact that I don’t often ask for help.
To me, it has always been a sign of strength, accomplishment, this ability of mine to keep going and get things done on my own.
But just recently, I have realized that being stoic, although at times a very admirable quality, is not always a good thing.
It is important for me to accept that I have limits and that at times, I may need to trust that other people are capable of helping me… capable of picking up the slack if necessary.
To wear myself out, physically and emotionally, just to prove that I don’t have to rely on anyone’s help, is not in my best interest.
Knowing my limits, sharing my burdens when I am feeling worn, admitting that I need others, that I am vulnerable to the struggles of life, is important to my spiritual growth and to the growth of the relationships I value.
By being honest about my limits, I show the people that I love… that I trust them enough to allow myself to let my guard down and accept their assistance when needed.
“Dear God, help me to know my limits. Give me the willingness to ask for guidance if I need it and friends to trust with my burdens and pain.”