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  • Writer's pictureErin Fedeson

A Matter of Mantra: "I am Brave in Giving Help and Receiving Help"

Hello and thank you for visiting Waggish Writer.

This is the eighth blog post from a series of my journalist persona known as "A Matter of Mantra."

This post will talk about how the mantra listed in the title came into my life and how it helps me. My hope is that if this mantra resonates with you that you may use it to help live your life to the fullest.


Society today values strength in character and conviction. Inadvertently, I followed the philosophy to believe that I could not show weakness. The greatest exposure of weakness is asking for help. I had no problem in offering my help to others, but I resisted receiving help. It is silly to reject help, but I could get rid of the idea of feeling less of a person by receiving help.

Working with Charlotte Kaye, she challenged me to change my belief. Help is a two way street. You give help. You receive help. Hence, "I am Brave in Giving Help and Receiving Help" inserted itself into my life.


There are times that I struggle to receive help graciously. My boyfriend would sometimes pick up things that I had planned to purchase. Instead of putting up a fuss, I let it go by saying 'thank you.' I know that I will be given opportunities to give help when they need it most. Help is also an example of kindness. Rejecting kindness is being ungrateful. Therefore, I choose to receive help with grace.

No one works the same way, so I am not preaching this mantra to be a fool-proof method. It is a tool and option that is out there for those who struggle.

As a writer, I take time each time I journal to write "I am Brave in Giving Help and Receiving Help" five times. Write it. Talk it. Draw it. Tackle this mantra any way that gets the message across for yourself.

If the mantra has helped in any way or the story resonates and you feel comfortable in sharing, make a comment below or feel free to Contact Me if you want it private. With COVID-19, this is especially trying times. It is hard to give help and especially harder to receive help when independence has been snatched away from our lives. Let's take time to look at how we can give help to others and how we can find courage to receive help together.


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