No one lives this thing called life alone. NO ONE.
I need food, yet I don’t grow and make all of my food. I go to the store where a countless number of people have worked on many levels to provide me the food I wish to buy.
I renovated my house. Can I tell you the number of amazing people that did that for me? I could never have done that alone.
I don’t build my furniture.
I don’t grow my coffee beans.
I don’t make my clothes.
I didn’t design or build my car. You get the picture.
WE DO NOT DO THIS LIFE ALONE.
So why then, when we are feeling down, depressed, anxious, fearful, and hopeless, sometimes to the point of thinking we need to end our lives, do we think we’re supposed to do all of this thing we call life alone?
We seek assistance in every OTHER area of our lives. It’s simply what we do.
There isn’t any stigma having others do countless things for the betterment of our Exterior lives. In the world of business, we rely on consultants, accountants, and many others to provide direction for our business growth. There is no stigma in that.
Why is there still a stigma around seeking assistance for our own Interior emotional health and wellbeing?
Why don’t we get ‘consulting’ for ourselves?
We aren’t here to ‘do it alone.’ We did not come here to live a depressed, fearful, self-limiting, hopeless life centered on feelings of loneliness and powerlessness!
And when I say this, I am speaking for myself and my family as well. I have sought out counseling over the years, individually, as well as, for my marriage. Yet, there’s always been this underlying stigma. I felt it. If I seek counseling, it tells the world I’m weak, that I’m not good enough, that there must be something wrong with me, that I don’t have those ‘things’ in me to do it right. It’s embarrassing. There is internal shaming for seeking help. I can’t let anybody know, so instead of feeling hopeful again, I feel hopeless.
I feel it’s time for a MASSIVE SHIFT.
It’s time to END the stigma towards getting help, getting support, getting guidance, getting treatment, and getting assistance for our own inner emotional wellbeing. It’s time to know that just as I need people for the Exteriors of my life, I also need people for the Interiors of my life!
I think it’s time we put HIGH VALUE on this and give ourselves the rightful permission to seek the support that helps us feel better and live good, meaningful, purposeful, and thriving lives. We all need a little help from time to time. It’s time to see this empowerment as a good thing!
If you are still feeling this stigma…
If you are still thinking, “I can’t tell anybody…”
If you are still feeling ashamed…
I’m inviting you to GIVE yourself permission to seek assistance, to seek guidance, to seek the people, the tools, the ways that bring you back into a thriving, balanced place, where you were meant to be.
If you can’t fully give yourself permission, I give you permission.
I bet countless others will give you permission too!
As scary as taking the first step is, it is also as empowering!
Take the step. Reach out, even to just one person. Make a phone call. It’s what we do for EVERYTHING ELSE. Now go do it for you!
take the next step on your journey to more joy.