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I Hope This Helps

May 4, 2022

I recently remembered this story I once read.

There was a young girl and her father who were walking along a forest path. At some point, they came across a large tree branch. The girl asked her father, “If I try, do you think I could move that branch?” Her father replied, “I am sure you can, if you use all your strength.” The girl tried her best to lift or push the branch, but she was not strong enough. She said, with disappointment, “You were wrong, Dad. I can’t move it.” “Try again with all your strength,” replied her father. Again, the girl tried hard to push the branch. She struggled but it did not move. “Dad, I cannot do it,” said the girl. Finally, her father said, “My daughter, I advised you to use ‘all your strength,’ but you didn’t. You didn’t ask for my help.”*

There are times when we all need help.  There are times when we are all needed to help.

When you need help, don’t be too proud or embarrassed to ask.  Letting others in and help is using “all your strength” and will make you stronger.

When asked for help, give it.  Sometimes it takes a listening heart, to know when someone is asking.

Help can be listening, emotional support, financial, guidance…….  Whichever is needed, give as much as you can. Our true role is to give of ourselves, not necessarily to give our self, but to give of our self.

“To give and then not feel as one has given is the very best of all ways of giving.” – Max Beerbohm

“There is no better exercise for your heart, than reaching down and helping to lift someone up.” – Bernard Meltzer

If everything happens for a reason, and it does, then there is always a reason that two meet.  Either to give, or to receive, or both!   We are here to be givers and here to allow others to be givers

If we’re here to be givers, how can we also be receivers?  By receiving what’s given, when needed, we give the other the gift of their being able to give.

Be Good Do Good Think Good Be Grateful Be Healthy

*I wish I remembered where I read this story, so that I could give proper attribution

9 Comments leave one →
  1. aquazeta1 permalink
    May 9, 2022 5:56 am

    I could not agree more. Giving of oneself is the greatest of gifts. It also opens us up to to receive. Thanks for sharing 🙏🏾.

    • Fred Fox permalink*
      May 9, 2022 6:46 am

      Thank You
      Help others by giving this post 😊

  2. May 7, 2022 9:32 pm

    Great story and great lesson…Thank you for sharing

    • Fred Fox permalink*
      May 8, 2022 7:02 am

      Thank You for reading 😊
      Share it with those who you believe it might Help

  3. Wonder Woman permalink
    May 4, 2022 8:16 pm

    We get by with a little help from our friends! Thanks for this sweet story and uplifting message Fred! Simply wonderful!

    • Fred Fox permalink*
      May 4, 2022 8:29 pm

      “Help I need somebody (Help) not just anybody (Help) you know I need someone (Help)” – The Beatles
      Thank you Wonder Woman

  4. May 4, 2022 9:11 am


    Great reminder that we all can use lifting up. My relationship with my daughter is always enhanced when she asks for my help to lift ‘the branch’. No matter that she may be reluctant at times to ask for the help.

    Thanks for the story.

    • Fred Fox permalink*
      May 4, 2022 9:21 am

      Thanks for sharing how the story resonates with you and your relationship with your Daughter


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