The boy tried his best to lift or push the branch, but he was not strong enough and he couldn’t move it. He said, with disappointment, “You were wrong, dad. I can’t move it.” “Try again,” replied his father. Again, the boy tried hard to push the branch. He struggled but it did not move. “Dad, I cannot do it,” said the boy.
Finally his father said, “Son, I advised you to use all your strength. You didn’t. You didn’t ask for my help.”
Debriefing of this story
We haven’t used all our strength until we have recognized the strength and support of those who love and surround us, and those who care about our purpose. Our real strength lies not in independence, but in interdependence. No individual person has all the strengths, all the resources required for the achieving their vision.
To ask for help and support when we need it is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign of wisdom. It is a call for the greater strength that lives in our togetherness. When we ask for help and we are refused, it just means we have to ask at another time, or ask in another way, or ask another person. When by yourself, you cannot manage, to complete any task, use ALL your strength – Turn around and ASK!
Time required to Share this story (with de-briefing) – less than 5 Minutes
“Just Ask” can be used to share the importance of
1- Asking for help
2- Letting go of your ego.
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