Deep peace of the quiet earth to you. 

No burden.

September 11, 2019

 

 

I've written before about how we're allowed to ask for help or to seek expertise when necessary, and that to do so is not overreacting or asking too much. I was thinking about this yesterday at the dentist's office, during an appointment to adjust a retainer-type thing I wear at night. I wanted it fixed, obviously, but I was keenly aware that all the micro-adjustments, the fittings and re-fittings, were taking up so much time. That *I* was taking up so much time. 

 

I felt like the princess and the pea--a story I related to enormously as a kid and still do--as a dear friend and teacher pointed out, we can't help our sensitivity, and we can't cast the label "burden" on ourselves for asking for what we need. 

 

And besides, I wasn't getting that vibe from my dentist--it was entirely internal. He wanted the darn thing to fit as much as I did, and that's his (chosen) profession. It was funny, though, as if reading my mind, he said, "It's a bit like the princess and the pea, isn't it?" And I cringed at the (perceived) criticism. "A little change goes a long way."

 

And I thought yes! That wasn't criticism--it was understanding and explanation. And I thought, well. Maybe we aren't the burden we think ourselves to be. Maybe seeking experts *isn't* asking too much of them.

 

And maybe--just maybe--some of us like to be needed and welcome the questions.

 

 

 

 

 

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