Stronger Together

At a young age, we start learning to be independent and hear of the importance of being self-reliant. “If you want something done right, do it yourself,” they say.

I had subscribed to this myself, but more and more I’m learning it’s not always true. Yes, I love being thought of as the capable, reliable one. Yes, sometimes it will turn out better if I do it myself. But I have discovered that not admitting you need help is a weakness.

We are not meant to do it all by ourselves. Families, friends, and co-workers – each of these people have a place in our lives, and they are there for a purpose. They are there not only to accomplish their own goals but to contribute as a whole – as part of a community.

Helping-Hands

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Breaking Down

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Arms crossed tightly, slightly rocking, my hands shaking, I can feel and hear my heart beating.  Focusing on a single thought is nearly impossible with the series of a thousand thoughts going through my mind.  I wonder if people talking to me can see I’m not really paying attention.  Would I be able to respond to them coherently if they direct a comment at me? Continue reading