“Let me know if there is anything I can do.”
“I’m here if you need me.”
“Praying for you.”
“I’m so sorry.”
“Oh, I had no idea.”
These well-intentioned phrases flow from our tongues and fingers so easily, but how often do they come to fruition? There are people who truly want to help and others who say they do, but don’t really mean it. There are also the people, myself included, who really do want to help but just don’t know how. On the flip side, there are also the people (myself, again) who don’t ask for or accept help.
I’m so grateful for the lessons I’ve learned both through the seriously tough stuff and the not-so-awful-but-felt-like-it-at-the-time stuff. I cherish the doers in my life because they’ve taught me not only how to help but also how to ask. Here is what I’ve learned: