A few months ago, I participated in a cross-country ski lesson. As the group started skiing, I tried to push off as the instructor had shown us only to slip and fall. I finally got going, but was constantly slipping, sliding and falling down. I could not keep up with the group and quickly became frustrated and cold. Yet instead of asking for help, I kept struggling along. Finally, the instructor noticed that I had fallen behind and came to help me.
He took one look at my skis and said, “Here’s your problem. These skis need to be waxed. Also, don’t forget to bend your knees a lean slightly forward”.
After he waxed my skis and gave me a few pointers, I easily skied at the same pace as the rest of the group.
Later I asked myself, “Why didn’t you ask for help?”
I concluded that pride got in the way. I so desperately wanted to do this by myself. Yet, because I had no experience, I needed the instructor’s help.
I often catch myself trying to complete difficult tasks on my own. I am not without resources; I have a wonderful family and loving friends. I need to remind myself to reach out to friends and family when I need support. Furthermore, a simple prayer is sometimes all I need to get the job done.
The next time you find yourself in the need of assistance; don’t let your pride get in the way. Ask for help – it keeps us humble. More importantly, it gives you an opportunity to connect with others in a genuine way.
Life is so much better when we can rely on others.