Throughout the month of December, I’ll be writing a post a day for the fabulous project Reverb 12.  It’s an opportunity to reflect on the year that’s wrapping up and using the fruits of that reflection to shape the year ahead – in other words, exactly the kind of thing I love to think about!  So, without further ado, here’s today’s prompt.

Help: Asking for help can be the hardest thing we ever do. When and how did you ask for help? Alternatively, did someone ask you for help and how did it play out?

Asking for help is hard.  Huge understatement, right?  We have a tendency to add up the things that we’ve done for someone and weigh it against the things they’ve done for us, and if the scales don’t tip heavily in our favor, then it’s hard to speak up.  Asking for help is a situation where it helps to believe two things: that you’re a valuable person, and that your friends value you, too.  Humans are social creatures, though, and by connecting with other people, we ease both our lives and theirs.

But, yes.  I asked for help this year and both received it and didn’t, and I offered it and it was both helpful and not. I anticipate it being much the same in the upcoming year.