All of us need help at some point in our lives—sometimes at many points in our lives. On good days, our wish for help is relatively trivial, say asking a neighbor to help us move a piece of furniture or a passerby for driving directions. At other times, our need for aid may be deeper and wider, say, in the midst of an overwhelming health or parenting crisis. Some of us are quick to summon help when we need it, with no sense of shame or embarrassment. But for others of us, asking for help is loaded, as if it’s a sign of weakness. Sometimes our reticence doesn’t much matter, but as we hear from Chris McEnroe, sometimes it does matter – a lot.  

Chris McEnroe is a teacher and writer living in Marion, Massachusetts.