It can be so humbling to ask for help.
I’ve had many opportunities this week to reach out of my comfort zone and ask for help. Doing so was challenging for me because it required humility, it required a letting go of an immediate answer, and it required trusting in the movement of the Holy Spirit through others.
I tend to think I can do it all alone. I’ve got this! I’ve done this before! I know the best way of proceeding! Or… no one really wants to help me, right? But when I leave myself open to the input of others, sometimes the fruits are greater than I can imagine. St. Ignatius says this when regarding the input of others – take what is useful and let go of what is not – but always, always assume good will on the part of the other.
And maybe, just maybe you will be surprised.
Today we are ending our school prayer service with this prayer by Teresa of Avila. What a beautiful prayer to end our week with:
“May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content knowing you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.”
You are not alone.
So reach out, ask for help, and let others surprise you!