Asking for help is a strength, not a weakness
Ashla Rani, Pallium India’s volunteer, writes:
“I think you should accept it gracefully,” said Dr Rajagopal, when someone expressed interest in helping me financially. That was the first time anyone had suggested to me the idea of “accepting help gracefully”. Those were my initial days in Pallium India.
In a recent TED video, Michele L. Sullivan describes how “Asking for help is a strength, not a weakness“. As a person who asks for and receives help from several others on a day-to-day basis, Dr Rajagopal’s and Michele Sullivan’s words have had a huge impact in my life. It takes a lot of courage to accept my helplessness and ask for assistance, whether it is to my best friend or to a stranger. In fact, it takes more courage to accept each one of them with grace and to be grateful at the end of the day for all the help received. And believe me, you are peaceful and your life is beautiful when you are ready to ask for help and accept it gracefully when offered.
Michele has rightly said that empathy is just a concept. The only shoes you can truly walk in are your own. We are all a part of each other’s support networks. With compassion, courage and understanding, we can walk side by side and support one another…
Please watch Michele Sullivan’s talk here: Asking for help is a strength, not a weakness