I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends

Today I wanted to tell one of my favorite stories:

My best friend was out walking through life and suddenly found himself in a hole. It was deep, dark and no matter what he did he could not find a way out.  So he looked up and noticed a doctor walking by.  He yelled out, “Doctor, doctor!  I have fallen down this hole and can’t get out.  Can you help me?”  The doctor stopped, examined the hole; wrote a prescription, dropped it down the hole and walked on.

Then my friend saw a priest and yelled out, “Priest, priest, please help me.  I have fallen down this hole and I can’t get out.  Can you help me?”  The priest looked around, said a prayer and moved on.

Then my friend saw me.  He yelled, “Hey man, I fell down this hole.  I can’t get out, can you please help me.”  I looked at the hole and looked at my friend.  After a moment, I jumped in right next to him.

Shocked, he sputtered, “Why did you do that?  Now we are both stuck in this hole.”  I said, “Don’t worry.  I have been down here before, and I know the way out. . .”

So why did I write out this story, and what is the point?  I have had a long period of my life where I looked at everything from a negative angle.  I was too small, too awkward, useless, lost.  Now I am not.  I have pulled myself from a scared, worried existence to create the life that I want.  I am not 100% there yet, but I am much closer than I was even just 5 years ago.

Life is a journey, and I have found a path that works very well for me.  And every time that I have shared it with others, it has helped them as well.  I hope that I can help many more.