A young boy and his father were walking along a forest path. At some point, they came across a large tree branch on the ground in front of them.
The boy asked his father, “If I try, do you think I could move that branch?” His father replied, “I am sure you can, if you use all your strength.”
The boy tried his best to lift or push the branch, but he was not strong enough and he couldn’t move it.
He said, with disappointment, “You were wrong, dad. I can’t move it.”
“Try again with all your strength,” replied his father.
Again, the boy tried hard to push the branch. He struggled but it did not move.
“Dad, I cannot do it,” said the boy.
Finally his father said, “Son, I advised you to use ‘all your strength’. You didn’t.
You didn’t ask for my help.”
Some reflections on this story…
Our real strength lies not in independence, *but in interdependence.*
*No individual person has all the strengths, all the resources and all the stamina required for the complete blossoming of their vision.*
*To ask for help and support when we need it is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign of wisdom.*