"A little boy was having difficulty lifting a heavy stone.
His father came along just then.
Noting the boy’s failure, he asked, “Are you using all your strength?”
“Yes, I am”, the little boy said impatiently.
“No, you are not”, the father answered. “I am right here just waiting, and you haven’t asked me to help you.”
Strange that asking for help can be regarded as a sign of weakness, and yet helping each other is all part of the giving and receiving that create a foundation for good relationships. When you do ask for help the best possible approach is to be clear. "I'm having trouble with .... Can you help me?" Never hesitate to reach out and offer support to another person if you think he or she needs it. Giving and receiving support are great life skills to learn. They help us learn character qualities like empathy and generosity, as well as understand other people better.
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