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Reach out for Help.Don’t Wait For the Unknown Rescuer

I come across the tragicomedy play ; Waiting for Godot, written by Irish writer Samuel Beckett (1952), in high school, where it was a set book in the English lesson; I don’t know why it was part of the set books.

 The play consists of conversations between two characters; Vladimir and Estragon, who are waiting for the arrival of the mysterious Godot, who continually sends word that he will appear but who never does. They encounter other characters; Lucky and Pozzo, they discuss their problems and their loads in life, they consider committing suicide, and yet they wait. Often thought of as being beggars, Vladimir and Estragon are a pair of human beings who do not know why they were put on earth; they make the assumption that there must be some meaning for their existence, and they wait to Godot for a clarification.

The story has been classified as belonging to the “theater of the absurd”. But looking at the whole story doesn’t it depict why many people feel stuck in a rut? The reason many people feel stuck is they are sitting, waiting, and hoping that something will happen to change their current situations. But waiting for the unknown to rescue you is simply self-sabotage.

 To Get Unstuck from a Rut

1.   Define your problem

If you have been reading my articles and have read my book; Dare Be You; Greatness Awaits. You can now tell that most of the time, I write about defining you ‘why’ and personal clarity. Lack of clarity on who you are and what you want, I have realized is the cause of many mishaps/mistakes I have had in my life. I later understood that until you define in clear terms what you want and what is the problem you are dealing with, you are unfortunately waiting for ‘Godot’, it will never come.

2.   Actively seek for help

 Again, we are in the 21st century; the information age. Many people don’t want to ask for help even when they don’t know how to do something or can’t manage it on your own. They think asking for help might make them feel incompetent, or it is a sign of weakness; that if you ask for help, you’re admitting you’re inadequate in some way; that you lack knowledge, skill or experience to do something yourself. You don’t want anyone to see that you’re struggling; you want people to think that you’re in control and can handle things.

Not seeking for help is akin to waiting for the unknown Godot to come and rescue you, the problem is you don’t who he is, you don’t know whether he is coming and you don’t know when he is likely to come and even in the unlikely event that he comes you don’t know what help he will offer. And meanwhile things are getting thick.Learn to seek help from; mentors,parents,friends, coaches and even online groups.When you seek, you will realize that help was just around the corner.

Great Leaders on Seeking Help

The Jesus Christ, the great teacher taught the principle of asking,” Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7 NIV )

“Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. I do that every day. Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength. It shows you have the courage to admit when you don’t know something, and to learn something new. -Barack Obama.

“From what I’ve seen, it isn’t so much the act of asking that paralyzes us–it’s what lies beneath: the fear of being vulnerable, the fear of rejection, the fear of looking needy or weak. The fear of being seen as a burdensome member of the community instead of a productive one. It points, fundamentally, to our separation from one another.”―Amanda Palmer,  Author, The Art of Asking; …..

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By Winnie

Winnie Seurei-Tanui is a mother, an author & a Public Speaker passionate about Personal Development. She is on a mission of sharing knowledge and ideas that help people live and work boldly.

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