Me Do Myself!


Photo Credit: Lukas Juhas

It’s not always easy asking for help. My three-year-old grandson often proved that when I tried to help him get dressed and he would say, “Me do myself.” I guess I’m that way too. When I do something myself, I know it gets done and it’s done the way I wanted it to be done.

I had two employees out the other day, we were getting behind in calls and while I said I never wanted to be out in the tow truck doing calls, I was so frustrated I found myself muttering, “Sometimes wish I knew how to tow …”

Yikes! What was I saying?

I don’t know if it’s being stubborn, a pride thing or what, but when it’s time to ask for help, why is it so hard? Why do we still behave like a three-year-old and think, me do myself?

I don’t think we realize that when we do try to do everything ourselves we become burned out, frustrated, stressed, angry, short-tempered — the list goes on.

The pressure can be overwhelming, and spills over into every aspect of our lives.

Let’s face it, there are times when we can’t do everything ourselves. I think I felt that because I’ve handled stressful situations before, I should have been able to take care of dispatching all of the calls coming in that day. After taking a few big breaths I finally asked for help. It was suggested I call another tow company to help with one of the calls. What a relief I felt when that tow company said they could take care of my customer, which freed up the tow operator I was going to give that call to.

This was a reminder of why there is such a need to form relationships with our fellow towers and not be afraid to ask for help when you need it. Let’s get away from me do myself.