Today we’re going to discuss a quote regarding facing fear by Melba Cosgrove, “Be brave enough to accept the help of others.”
What an interesting phrase: “Be brave enough to accept the help of others”. She didn’t say be open enough, she didn’t say be willing enough, she didn’t say, be humble enough, but she specifically chose the word “brave”.
I think that’s what impacted me so much about that quote. I never looked at it from that perspective before of accepting help equating to facing fear. Why would I have to be brave to accept help from someone? As I looked at that question in more detail, I found that there was much I was scared of.
For a moment, let me turn it around and ask you a question. When someone offers you help, do you without question accept that help? Or do you often say, “No, no, no, that’s okay, I can do it.” Maybe it is a co-worker offering help on a project at work. Maybe it is a stranger offering to help getting your groceries into or out of the car. Take a moment and become aware of how you normally respond. What is your “knee-jerk” response to anything that someone offers you help with? Be honest with yourself, what is your normal response?