Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Having the Courage to Seek Help When You Need It

After my all-time favorite topic for young people of PASSION, my second all-time favorite topic for young people is SEEK HELP WHEN YOU NEED IT. So, yes, this topic will be visited and re-visited in this blog.

I know a young man in his 20s today who has a slight speech impediment. As a young teen he had speech lessons but stopped because he didn’t want his older brother to find out about the lessons. I have never understood why his mother allowed him to be embarrassed about the lessons and therefore continue to have the speech impediment.

This young man didn’t cause the impediment, so there was no reason to be embarrassed in front of his brother. And if the young man had continued with his speech lessons, he probably wouldn’t still have the speech impediment today.

Perhaps it is a natural human tendency to be embarrassed about things we don’t like in ourselves. Yet it should be a stronger natural human tendency to take steps to correct those things if those steps are within our power.

If, for example, you’re a young teen and are having a problem at school, do not ignore the problem. If you don’t want to talk to your parents or teachers, find someone with whom you are comfortable talking.

The anonymity of the internet can be a great place to get information that can help with your problem without the fear of being labeled. Just be careful that you are getting information from a reputable source – getting the same advice from two or more sources would be a good idea.

Whether the problem is teen drinking or problems with reading your textbooks or peer pressure, do yourself a big favor and spend the time to find the help you need. It’s your own life that will benefit.

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