• James McNeil

You need not stand guard alone

Imagine for a moment a soldier on guard duty. Most of the people who read this blog are veterans, so a soldier (or other branch) on guard duty is something they’re familiar with. If you are not currently in the US military or a veteran, you may not get the visual. If that’s the case, the best thing to remember is the 1st general order a soldier in the US Army has to follow.

“I will guard everything within the limits of my post and quit my post only when properly relieved.”

The last part is key. No matter what happens, you do not “quit” a guard post. In basic training, this meant we did not leave no matter how bored we were. It was safe there, so all we had to worry about was the drill sergeant catching us asleep. Those were not good times for anyone caught asleep.

However, in a combat situation, there was much more at stake. So this soldier on guard duty looks out and sees a mass of people heading toward his position. He has a choice. He can try to handle everything himself, or he could ask for help.

Would you call him weak if he picked up his radio to ask for help? Of course not. There’s nothing wrong with him; he’s facing incredible odds that would be too much for any one person.

This is also true for what you are facing. Regardless of the source, you’re facing stress. It could be from a lost job, a job you seriously dislike, financial issues, or any of a number of sources. No matter how tough you think you are, this stress can easily be too much. You would not call a soldier on guard duty facing overwhelming odds weak for asking for backup. You aren’t weak either. You’re human.

You will do yourself a huge favor when you allow yourself to be human and treat yourself like the guard facing an overwhelming number of enemy attackers. Ask for help. Find someone you can lean on during the extremely rough times and just ask.

Refusing to ask for help is a sign of impostor syndrome, one of many obstacles that can lead to suicidal thoughts and ideations. Finding Your Personal Mission will help you to address these and overcome them. Pick up your copy today at Amazon or listen to it on Audible!

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