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Why is it so difficult to ask for help? I believe most people want and like to be of help to others. In fact, I know I love it when I can be of service to my friends – yes, you may borrow something of mine; yes, I’d be happy to babysit for you; yes, I could drive you to the airport, no problem. But, what I’m finding is that for some reason, it is much easier to give help than to ask for it when we need it.
Case in point: My spouse travels regularly, sometimes for a full week at a time. It’s very challenging to be pregnant and caring for an almost-three-year old by myself nonstop, day in and day out with no reprieve. I can usually make it about three days just fine on my own then by the evening of the fourth night I’m toast. I’ve had it and I want someone else to make dinner, or to clean up from dinner, or to put him to bed, or something that will allow me a moment to sit down and rest. Read the rest of this entry »