Asking for help…

June 16, 2010 Sandra Dawes

I’ve never been very good at asking for help.  I have always tried to figure everything out on my own… Acting as if I was Superwoman or something – I can do it all! 

Isn’t it funny how those of us who take on the world soon get frustrated when no one is around to help us?  What did we expect to happen?  If we go around acting as if we can handle anything and everything that is asked of us, how are those around us supposed to know when we are exhausted? 

It may take years, decades even, but at some point we all reach our breaking point, the point in our lives where we are burnt out – we can no longer be everything to everyone and we then become resentful of all of those who are depending on us to continue doing what we’ve always done.

I am learning that it is okay, actually a matter of survival to ask for help.  We have to take care of ourselves if we want to take care of the people in our lives.  I was listening to a recording of a seminar by Dr. Christiane Northrup the other day and she put the idea of taking care of ourselves in a great way – she reminded the audience that when you’re on a plane and hearing the emergency instructions, you are always told to put the oxygen mask on yourself first, before looking to help others!

This is a lesson I must constantly remind myself of – I will be of no use to those that I love if I don’t take care of myself.  While some may see it as being selfish, we all need to love and honor ourselves first, before we can love and honor others. ♥

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