When my supervisor took a 3-month sabbatical this summer, and I had to take on some extra duties, I found more piled on my plate than I could handle.
“You are learning now that you need to ask for help,” my therapist said.
Help? I thought. I don’t ask for help. I put everything on my shoulders and run full-speed ahead until I collapse.
Sometimes the world gives you more than it seems like it should, and there’s nothing you can do about it. Sometimes life is hard.
For that, I’ve found another helpful quote: “Jesus wept” (John 11:35).
The other day I received a surprise bill in the mail for some medical appointments my insurance should have covered. I felt tears forming. I let myself cry for a while. I needed it. Sometimes we all—like Jesus—need to let ourselves be human, to let the tears flow.
Then I called the insurance company.
“I need help,” I said.
This message is excerpted from “Do you think you can do it all? Likely not.” by Sarah Carson from the October 21, 2019, blog of Women of the ELCA.
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