Hello, It’s Me!
Your swimming in the ocean enjoying the coolness of the water on a blistering hot summers day, thinking how good is life when all of a sudden boom, you find yourself caught in a rip that’s steadily dragging you out to sea.
You know you are in trouble and that you have to do something fast. Your instinct to survive kicks in, you frantically put up your hand and scream for help. You will do anything to get out of this situation, you keep screaming, your hand is waving even though it aches and you think you can’t hold it up anymore. Please God I want to live, you hear yourself saying.,
From out of nowhere comes a life saver, he throws you on his board and before you know it, your back on shore, coughing and spluttering out salt water. You hug this person who has just saved your life and make a promise to yourself that you will never put yourself in this predicament again.
How come we can put up our hand if we are drowning in the surf, but not put up our hand and ask for help when we are feeling down, depressed, lonely or need financial or emotional support?
Founded in 1963 by the late Reverend Dr Sir Alan Walker, Lifeline answers around 1,800 calls each day. Somewhere in Australia, there is a new call to Lifeline every minute. People call Lifeline’s 24-hour crisis line 13 11 14 about:
. Suicidal thoughts or attempts
. Personal crisis
. Abuse and trauma
. Stresses from work, family or society
. Self-help information for friends and family
With social media now the new trend of communicating with family and friends, we think we know what is going on in people’s lives. But do we really? Why is it easier to pick up the phone and call a complete stranger, and thank goodness we can and do, than to call a friend?
How many times have you said to a family member or a friend when you hear they have been sick or feeling really down or worried, “Why didn’t you call me? Hello! How many times have they said this to you and you haven’t called them?
The best thing we can do is to take our own advice and pick up the phone and say “Hello, it’s me”.