We have heard it a million times, “It is better to give than to receive.” Giving is a vital part of life. When we are a giver, it brings us great happiness and personal satisfaction. Making a difference in the lives of others is something that is important to all of us. But what about receiving?
Accepting someone’s help is as good as giving someone help. Both actions force you to be open and related to other people. Some people find it easier to give than to receive. We almost get embarrassed when we get gifts or when we are acknowledged for something. The problem arises when we really need help and we don’t ask for it. We think we can do it ourselves.
We don’t live in a bubble. We need to be connected to people. Many people have helped me get to where I am today. I am very grateful for that gift. When you are having a rough time, when you are in need or when you are simply having a bad day, call on a friend for support and it may be the catalyst that pulls you through.
Have you ever had a challenge that really stumped you? You truly felt stuck? Have you ever called someone and they gave you advice that really helped you look at things a different way? In life, other people are one of our most valuable resources. Many people have been where you are right now and can offer a solution you never considered.
You may go into hiding when you get stuck. You may feel like you don’t want to bother anyone with your problems. Actually, you should do the opposite. Reach out to your family, friends, and co-workers. They may not have all the answers you need but sometimes just talking it through allows you to access the answers within yourself.
People have a natural desire to help. When you come to them they actually feel honored and valued. They want to make a difference. When you thank them and tell them they helped you, it makes them feel good. I’m sure you can remember many times where you helped someone in need and felt great afterward.
If you are going through something difficult right now, make a call. Connect with someone. You never know when the answer will come. Sometimes a random person in a grocery store will say something that really hits home. Communication causes breakthroughs. When your mouth opens, doors open. You get unstuck and your life starts moving again.
Just start by saying, “I really need some help with something. “ Do you have a few minutes? And then sit back and watch what happens. It could be a miracle.