Not too proud

Following on from yesterday’s blog post (Ask for help when needed), I thought today I’d share another reason some find it difficult to ask for help.

Pride

A feeling of deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired.

Definition from Oxford Languages

Pride can stop us for asking from help because it can feel that should be able to deal with anything and everything that life throws at us.

What makes us think that we can cope all by ourselves? Maybe because on the surface it can seem as if everyone else copes well with everything they have to deal with. But do they really? I think if we look closer at others we’ll find that they, just like us, can be struggling to cope with life.

Why do we let pride dictate what we do in our lives? What we actually need to do is be strong enough, and confident enough in ourselves, to be able to recognise when we need to ask for help. Strength comes in so many forms – putting on a public face to make other think your ok; recognising your struggling; having the strength to seek help from others etc.

Be strong, and don’t be too proud to ask for help when you need it.

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