Spinning Plates: It’s Okay to Ask for Help

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As women, wives and mothers we tend to have very full schedules.  We pride ourselves on being able to successfully juggle several projects (or problems) at a time.  Most days we can keep all those figurative balls in the air.  Picture the happy circus performer juggling and walking, smiling and talking.  However, there are times when one or two things just seem to require more attention than we are able to give.  We shift our focus and remedy the problem but when we come back to center something else is off kilter.   We start to feel like the guy with twelve plates spinning precariously on various poles.  Frantically running from one thing to the next, just trying to keep it all from crashing down.  We move from figurative plate to figurative plate delivering a little spin here and a little twirl there.  It’s possible to keep it up for a while, but the results are inadequate at best. It doesn’t take long to realize something’s got to give.  Do we try to catch those wobbly plates just before they shatter on the floor? Do we sacrifice one or two in our frenzy to rescue the rest?  Or do we give up and let it all come crashing to the ground?

As hard as it is to admit, there are times when we just can’t do it all.  Remember Lucy & Ethel in the candy factory?  Life doesn’t slow down just because we have a lot to do.  In fact, it can feel as if time is speeding up.  We are moving as fast as we can and still we can’t keep up.  This is where we need to take a good hard look at our situation and ourselves and realize that none of us is perfect.  Life doesn’t always go as planned. 

And it’s okay to ask for help. 

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Feel free to share an experience when you realized that it was okay to ask for help.

We’d love to hear from you in the comments.

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Veronica Johnson


  • But seriously, no I don’t ask for help, but sometimes help comes anyway.
    I was having a crazy week and my VTer who is also the Relief Society Pres had emailed me to see when she could come by for a visit. I put off answering her because I had a million things going, was babysitting extra kids and taking dinner to someone in the ward. It would also mean cleaning the front room. Since I didn’t get back with her, she showed up at my house with a Papa Murphy’s pizza, pop and cookies. She said she decided to stop by with dinner because I must be super busy since I didn’t get back with her. She was just the help I needed!

  • Omg, this is truly my story now with two young ones in diapers. It is very comforting to hear this message of asking for help. I find it hard to ask for help but it’s better to fumble on a couple of projects than to let go of everything. You still have accomplished something, just not all. Life still goes on even if all the projects are not done.

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