I was listening to a talk a couple weeks ago and I felt incredibly refreshed when I heard the speaker, Russell M. Nelson, say something along the lines of this:
God never intended for us to tackle personal and social issues on our own.
We all have problems going on in our lives; we all have issues that are hard to tackle. Through my studies, I have found that we often try to deal with these concerns on our own. Why do we choose to do it on our own? Because we are afraid of what people may think, we feel we are better off on our own, we don’t want to be judged, and/or we don’t want to burden other people.
Tell me this, how often do you feel excited to help others when they express their need for support? For me, the answer is EVERY SINGLE TIME. I find myself searching day and night for anything that can help my peer; not because I feel that I need to, but because I genuinely desire to help those around me. I love serving others and I’m certainly not the only one who feels this way.
I’m not saying everyone wants to help and nobody will judge you; I would be naive to say such a thing. What I am saying is that it is okay to ask for help when you need it. You are not alone, others have felt the way you do. Turning to others for support is often where we can progress the most as an individual. Asking for help does not mean you are weak; it means you are wise.
Everyone faces loss, heartache, sadness, fear, conflict, and failure at some point in their life. Do not feel like you are any less of a person for having trials and emotions.
Turn to trusted individuals when you need help. Let’s work together to build, inspire, motivate, protect, and look after one another. After all, what are we here for if not each other?
“Be strong enough to stand alone, smart enough to know when you need help, and brave enough to ask for it.”