Tool For Tuesday: Dial 911

A while ago, I had to go to court to take care of some family business. My friend, Kate, volunteered to go with me—under one condition.

“Ask me,” she said. “Ask me to go with you. Don’t be ashamed to ask for help.”

Being strong and independent doesn’t mean we have to do everything alone.

Have your own personal 911 list of people who you can turn to for help.

Do you hesitate before reaching out to ask someone to help you? Do you think you “should” be able to do it alone?

Help me. Those two words don’t always come from weakness but from strength.

 

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About dianabletter

Diana Bletter is a writer living in northern Israel whose novel, A Remarkable Kindness, is forthcoming from HarperCollins in August. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, tabletmag, and other publications. Her first book, The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women (with photographs by Lori Grinker) was nominated for a National Jewish Book Award.
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2 Responses to Tool For Tuesday: Dial 911

  1. stuartart says:

    Yep, that’s me. Independent to the extreme. I have to stop myself from saying ‘No thanks’, and changing it to ‘Er, well that would be good, thanks’ all the time. It took me a long time to realise when we accept help we are ‘giving’ to the other person. They feel valued, appreciated and that they matter. I’m still a complete novice at this though! Excellent reminder. 🙂

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