Updated: Aug 2, 2019
I’ve always been taught to reach out for help when I needed it. The other afternoon a little green parakeet hit my kitchen window and knocked itself out, stunned it wobbled around the garden looking a little worse for wear. I have three small children, so we all pilled outside to see if the bird needed any help.
While the children played in the garden, I sat on the grass and watched over the bird (and the children), and pretty soon the little parakeet, which we named Polly, wobbled over to me, climbed onto my outstretched leg, ate some food directly from my hand and promptly fell asleep.
Polly the Parakeet realised she needed help, stepped out of her comfort zone and trusted me to support her. We should never be afraid to reach out for help, and shouldn’t let the fear of assuming others will think less of us hold us back.
"Instead of trying to walk in each other shoes, we must adopt a new way of giving of ourselves" - Michele L Sullivan: Asking for help is a strength, not a weakness
Asking for Help
Creating an environment in the workplace, at home, local community groups or even with your social circle is so important. People need to feel safe and comfortable asking for help, and most importantly, as Michele L Sullivan shares her insight in a Ted Talk, "Asking for help is a strength, not a weakness", we must support each other and walk side by side.
Don’t be afraid to ask for support, whether it’s in the workplace, education, sport club or at home.
Polly Update - After 30 minutes of relaxing in the sun, eating a little food and drinking some water, Polly flew into a nearby tree, got her bearings, then flew off happily to a flock of parakeets roosting in the neighbourhood trees