This year with love, and some apprehension, my son and his wife gave me the perfect gift. Adventure, travel to a new place, family gatherings, sunshine, and memories. The build-up was exciting. The result beyond expectations, and a fun learning experience.
What did I learn? I learned that most seashells grow during their lifetime. I never knew. The big lesson: Realizing it is OK to accept help. My grandson Alex owns Fishwater Charters in St Croix. A highlight of my trip was a few hours on his boat. My grandmother mind was saying – how will you get into that boat? There’s no ramp and you are definitely beyond leaping aboard.
Son David assured me ‘we will give you a hand.’ Needing a hand for something that once was so easy grated a bit, but I accepted. A hand on the dock, a hand on the boat – both extended with confidence and care. Everyone in sync. Perfect solution.
Made me wonder – why are we so reluctant to accept help? Why does it take us so long to realize a helping hand helps the giver and the receiver? The old saying ‘pride goeth before a fall’ comes to mind. Risk falling into the ocean, or accept help? Easy decision. It occurred to me most of life is this way.
My New Year’s resolution: Accept help when you need it, and sometimes when you think you don’t.
Here’s a toast to 2023 and beyond. And to grasping and giving that helping hand.
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