Ask for Help

“Don’t be ashamed of needing help. You have a duty to fulfill just like a soldier on the wall of battle. So what if you are injured and can’t climb up without another soldier’s help.” _ Marcus Aurelius

Over the past few weeks I’ve had the occasion to watch not only Saving Private Ryan (during a theater screening for the anniversary of D Day) but also an episode of Band of Brothers. One of the big takeaways from each work was the relationships that develop on the battlefield. They truly do become like brothers and asking for help isn’t the slightest bit shameful, it is a necessary survival technique. Quite literally, no one wins a war alone.

As we go through life it should be no different. We are fighting a battle, every one of us. The exact nature of that war and how it takes shape is different for everyone, but that doesn’t make it any less real. And, no, there is no shame in asking for, and expecting, help from our brothers-at-arms.