I'll readily admit that it’s not in my nature to ask for help. Perhaps it’s the result of some family or cultural values where individualism, initiative, and accomplishments are expected and celebrated. I think it started at age four when, as the only boy in the house, I was praised for taking out the trash each week. It’s a hard habit to break, but over the years, and certainly recently with my mother’s recovery, I’ve come to the realization that sometimes I need help. But here’s the kicker that’s equally as important – receiving help isn’t a sign of weakness!
I know I’m not alone in these feelings because I hear from many members or prospective members that they are reluctant to ask for assistance. What I’ve come to know is that others, such as our wonderful volunteers, want to help. It’s been a process for me to learn how to accept help, so I don’t have any illusions that just saying that it’s OK to accept help will convince some to instantly to do so. I’d invite those who remain reluctant to consider that when you ask for help, you’re taking responsibility for yourself.
A member yesterday told me that I should take some time off from writing these columns during the month of August to give myself a little break. We compromised and I agreed to keep them short and sweet! So, I’ll end with a reminder that during this heatwave, it’s important to stay hydrated. Here’s an article on the signs of dehydration and ways to prevent it. Please stay safe everyone!