Those of us who value contribution habitually ask
“How can I help?”
Sometimes, this masks the tiny voice inside us saying
“I need help.”
Asking for help can be difficult.
Especially when we tend to play the role of “helper.”
When we empathize, we enter a space of inter-being,
a being other than “self” or “other.”
A space, where, instead of separating roles like
“helper” vs. “helpee,”
A space where we need not try so hard to help,
and yet, the other feels helped,
and so do we.
It’s not always easy to enter this space, though.
That is until we meet someone willing to realize their empathy
A chance we may only have
if we’re willing
to ask for help.