Have you ever had your car battery die on you? It always seems to happen at the worst of times. Batteries never just die in your driveway. They always seem to die when you’re late to a meeting, or on a date, or on a road trip with friends. Luckily, jumping a car is a fairly simple process. You just need someone with a running car and jumper cables, and you’re all set. And yet, asking a stranger for a jump seems a lot harder than that, doesn’t it? The thought of asking a stranger to donate their time to you can be very daunting for many people. Why is that? Think about the role reversal. If someone asked you to help them jump their car, most of you would be happy to do it. It feels good to help others. We want the feeling of helping, but never the feeling of needing help.
Obviously, I’m not just talking about cars. Sometimes in life you get stuck in a rut. You’re having a bad day, or maybe even a bad month, but you refuse to ask for help. All you need is a quick pick-me-up, a few minutes of time from a close friend, but you refuse to ask and so you just keep sinking lower and lower. Remember this. That good feeling that you get from helping others, your loved ones will get from helping you. It’s OK to ask for a leg up once in a while. Conversely, if you know someone who seems like they’re trudging through something on their own, offer a helping hand. Sometimes all people need is a quick jump to get back on track.