Asking for Help

7 09 2010

Self reliance also means asking for help. This may sound like a paradox, and it is, but true in the sense that you would hire an instructor to teach a skill (ask for help) that would enable you to become self sufficient. The difference is in asking for a quality of help that allows you to help yourself, instead of the kind that keeps you always needing to be helped. Being able to help yourself means that you can also, if just by example, help others to help themselves.

There is a Biblical quote that goes something like this: “Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day; teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.” This metaphor outlines the difference between asking for help that will enable self reliance or help that promotes further dependence.

Being self reliant does not mean we no longer need anyone’s help. And, self reliance is never really “achieved” – it is something to be attained and then maintained. We all need help to become self reliant – help so we can better help ourselves – and thus be able to help others to help themselves…and so on.

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