It’s okay to say “yes” when someone offers to help you.

It really is.
But…

Why can’t I do it? Say “yes.” For some reason, every time a nice person offers to help me when out grocery shopping or running errands, my answer is always, “No, I’m okay. Thank you.”

It is as if I have this, almighty- all-powerful-mom-I got this- attitude.

What is it about people having a difficulty to accept help? Does accepting help from people show weakness?

I don’t know about you, but I can only speak for myself, but every single time I go grocery shopping with my children, someone always offers to help me. And every single time, I have turned them down–for no apparent reason.  Even when I clearly did need help.

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A few days ago, I was out grocery shopping, and my cart looked like I had literally bought the entire store. As I stepped out into the wonderful Arizona heat and reached my car,  a nice older lady who parked next to me asked if she could help. I was only with my three-month-old, and it was 1oo+ degrees. As usual, I said, “No, I’m okay. Thank you.” But she wouldn’t take no for an answer and she boldly, but politely, told me to pop the trunk. Before I knew it, she was already putting my grocery bags in the trunk and was done by the time I buckled my infant into his carseat .

“Someone always helped me, so I had to help you,” she said.

I gotta say, it was nice not having to struggle with the groceries and an infant in this desert heat for a change. It had me wondering why I turned down help all those times.

Was it my pride? Ego?

I’m not sure to be honest, but it just had me realizing that it is perfectly okay to say yes when you need help. I realize that there are still some very nice people in this world. Little gestures like that make all the difference in people’s lives.

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