Tool For Tuesday: Dial 911

A while ago, I had to go to court to take care of some family business. My friend, Kate, volunteered to go with me—under one condition.

“Ask me,” she said. “Ask me to go with you. Don’t be ashamed to ask for help.”

Being strong and independent doesn’t mean we have to do everything alone.

Have your own personal 911 list of people who you can turn to for help.

Do you hesitate before reaching out to ask someone to help you? Do you think you “should” be able to do it alone?

Help me. Those two words don’t always come from weakness but from strength.


About dianabletter

Diana Bletter is the author of several books, including The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women (with photographs by Lori Grinker), shortlisted for a National Jewish Book Award. Her novel, A Remarkable Kindness, (HarperCollins) was published in 2015. She is the First Prize Winner of Moment Magazine's 2019 Fiction Contest. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, tabletmag, Glamour, The Forward, The North American Review, Times of Israel, and is a reporter for Israel21C, and many other publications. She is author of Big Up Yourself: It's About Time You Like Being You and The Mom Who Took off On Her Motorcycle, a memoir of her 10,000-mile motorcycle trip to Alaska and back to New York. She lives in a small beach village in Western Galilee, Israel, with her husband and family. She is a member of the local hevra kadisha, the burial circle, and a Muslim-Jewish-Christian-Druze women's group in the nearby town of Akko. And, she likes snowboarding and climbing trees.
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2 Responses to Tool For Tuesday: Dial 911

  1. stuartart says:

    Yep, that’s me. Independent to the extreme. I have to stop myself from saying ‘No thanks’, and changing it to ‘Er, well that would be good, thanks’ all the time. It took me a long time to realise when we accept help we are ‘giving’ to the other person. They feel valued, appreciated and that they matter. I’m still a complete novice at this though! Excellent reminder. 🙂

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