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Darryl Stewart
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Asking for the help you need is a gift, so ask.

It is heartwarming for me to see people on social media actively trying to find ways to help during the current COVID-19 crisis. People asking if anyone needs help getting groceries, help with childcare, or if anyone knows anyone else that they can help.

It is also interesting to me that people will be very public with their willingness to help, but rarely do I see anyone being very public with their need for help.

If you need help to get through this current situation don’t be afraid to ask. If you need help other ways in life or at work don’t be afraid to ask. Remember that people really do want to help. At the core of most people’s beliefs is a desire to feel like they are making a difference in the world and for many this means helping others in some way.

I have had the privilege of helping people over the years with all kinds of things. When I am down on myself, wondering if my life has had any meaning, I think of my children first and then think of the people who I have made a difference for. Some of them don’t even know it was me that helped, but the point is not getting thanks, it is the knowing my life has meant something.

I bring up how important helping others is to me not to brag but to make the point that if you need help don’t be afraid to ask. If you need someone to talk to, to run an errand for you, to look after your kid(s) for a few hours, take a shift for you, help you with a home repair, teach you how to cook or sew, to unstuck the back door, to walk your dog cause you can’t get home from work, give you a lift to the store, help you find a job or a better job, whatever the case may be, don’t be afraid to ask.

There is no guarantee you will get help if you ask, but there is one thing for certain, if you don’t ask you won’t get help. If your need is genuine, you are doing others a favour by asking. That thing you need help with, that you can’t figure out, it’s a gift for someone else. You will be doing someone else a favour by letting them help you. Put it out there widely knowing you might be helping someone else by asking.


Darryl Stewart

By Darryl Stewart

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  1. Hi Darryl,
    Your comments are spot on. I facilitated a community conversation on this very thing on Sunday. Many of those in attendance stated how hard it is to ask for help. As a group we decided to be proactive and reach out to our friends and neighbours.
    For our family that has meant several things. I for example have been doing a live reading of the book Matilda each day at two which provides parents 30 minutes of peace. Last night our family went out and wrote messages in chalk of love and support to community members who are shut in. We have also been calling or video chatting with those we know that are alone.
    As I find myself in transition as many of other Canadians I have been reaching out to small business and communities who my need help from my professional skill set with no other expectations other than to help.
    I think everyone at this time needs a little help. This is where I think everyone needs to reach out and do more than ask if people need help.

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