Is Ok To Ask For Help

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I knew without a glimmer of doubt that all things in the universe were connected by a living truth that would not relent its continuing search for wholeness until every form of life was united. – Lynn V. Andrews

It was 2:00am and I was laying in bed, wide awake, while thinking about a million things I had to get done that morning.  I had been working late hours on itineraries, calendars, strategies and contacts for a non-profit organization my husband and I were about to launch.  I remember getting up and going into my closet, shutting the door, and there I sat and cried for a while.  I was so overwhelmed with all I needed to do, but  I breathe deeply, prayed for strength, and wiped the tears from my face.

That morning, to make things worse, when I arrived at work, I noticed some extra items had been left in my in-box.  I almost broke down, but instead, I did the unthinkable; I asked for help.  It’s amazing what you can learn about your team when you simply ask them to help out.  It is also quite astounding how much you can accomplish when you allow people to give you a hand.  I was able to have a very productive day with the help of my team.  We got a lot done and I was able to keep a smile on my face.   If we work alone, when we are weak; there will be no one around to keep us accountable or to catch us should we fall.  Divided, we cannot complete the work that needs to be done, however, together we can move mountains!  

Net Team says that what works in an organization in reaching its goals is not an individual, but properly integrated teamwork. The main reason is that considering the vastness and the very nature of the work that an organization engages in, it is not possible for any one individual to even think of taking the entire load upon his own shoulders. (

Even Thomas Edison, once, when asked why he had a team of twenty-one assistants responded; “If I could solve all the problems myself, I would.”  You see, even he understood that we cannot do everything ourselves; we need each other, flaws and all. I often forget that I have a community of family, friends and co-workers willing to help me out when I need help.  All I have to do is simply ask.

Unity is beautiful when it is being exercised.  Talking about being close with people is not enough. If there is truly a unified body you are doing life with, then you shouldn’t feel alone to the point of braking.  You should be able to to call on them for help, whether it be through encouragement, labor, prayer or through a tangible act of kindness.

Coming together is a beginning.
Keeping together is progress.
Working together is success. ~Henry Ford

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