From Martha at RevGalBlogPals: This time last Friday I was on my way to the airport to pick up your usual host for first Friday Five. We had a mighty to-do list for the Labor Day weekend, and her accomplishments were so far beyond impressive as to be heroic. A dumpster is now full of water-damaged junk from my basement.
This was not a job I could have accomplished by myself. I had to ask for help.
I hate to ask for help. I love to give it. You may identify with these feelings.
So, for this Friday Five, please list four ways you have been helped when you didn't want to ask for it and one way you had a chance to help that meant a lot to you.
If you know how to link to your post, God bless you, and if you don't, I promise to visit you anyway. And if you have a minute, leave a thank you to kathrynzj, the heroine mentioned above, who is retiring from Friday Five.
I'm going to take a little bit of liberty with this Friday Five and make it a Five Day event. Partly because I don't have the time, at the moment, to ponder all five "helps" and partly because I want to take the time to do this one justice!
1st way I've received help when I didn't want to ask for it:
Actually that should be, I received help that I didn't know to ask for.
A year and a half ago I sent a venting text to a friend. It went something like "I can't do this anymore." The response came back immediately. "Where are you? I have something for you." We met up briefly and this friend handed me an envelope. I was in the midst of something else and I didn't open the envelope until about a half hour later. When I did the floodgate of tears could not be stopped. I sought this friend out and sat and cried and tried to give the envelope back, thanked my friend profusely and then...and then began to wonder.
My friend was God's messenger at that point, providing a way out, literally. I knew, I KNEW what I needed to do at that moment and over the next two months I prayed and prayed and prayed until the moment was right. Meetings were held, paperwork was handed in, goodbyes were said and for 6 months I survived because of the unbelievable love and generosity of a friend. I wasn't asking for the kind of help my friend gave. I couldn't conceive of asking for that kind of help and yet, there it was. Offered without strings. Offered without qualm and with a quite a forceful "you can't give this back!"
I'm forever grateful for the help I didn't know to ask for...