The King’s Speech and YOU

Living with a  chronic illness like lupus, death of a loved one or any  number of calamities or tragedies can be a daily challenge.  Some people are overcome by the situation while others find ways to overcome the situation.  In the British historical drama, The King’s Speech, Prince Albert Duke of York found himself at such a crossroad.

Was the Prince going to overcome or be overcome by a speech impediment?  You’re probably thinking right about now that a speech impediment is no contest for your particular situation.  For Prince Albert, who later became King George VI, it turned out to be a crucial decision.

(From what I have read, the movie differs somewhat from the historical account.  For our purposes, I am solely referring to the movie.)

Prince Albert was royalty.  He led a privileged life.  As an adult, he was a military officer. This man was definitely used to giving orders,  not taking them.  But, he found himself  in need of help. The best one to assist him ended up being an Australian commoner.  Needless to say,  it was an adjustment on the Prince’s part, to put himself in the position of a pupil  working under the authority of a  teacher.  To add insult to injury he used extremely  unconventional  and humbling methods. Consequently, the relationship was  an on again off again one through a good part of the movie.  Whether in spite of his background or because of it, Prince Albert kept persevering.

It would benefit us to follow the Prince’s  lead, no matter what our situation.  If you are like me, it is much easier to give help than it is to receive it.  The fact remains, we are all caught up in our own daily lives.  We need to make people aware of our needs.  Randy Alcorn, in his book  If God is Good, notes that if possible, a drowning person  should cry out for help.  That is the starting place.  We cannot assume people know we need their help or support.   Even though this step is often the most difficult one, it is the most crucial.  And, the most humbling.

There are many reasons why we cringe at asking for help. Crying out for help makes us feel vulnerable.   We don’t want to bother anyone,  feel we won’t be able to repay their kindness, or  do not want it thrown back in our face  later.   Sometimes it is simply a case of pride.  Even once we have asked for help, it can be  easy to slip back into old patterns.  We will “do it ourselves or die trying” seems to be a unspoken motto many of us live by most of the time,  including myself.

Prince Albert, managed to  step way out of his comfort zone.  He made the choice more than once to  reach out for help.  When his brother abdicated the throne  he became king.  He was better prepared to speak to the people and impart confidence to his countrymen during a time of impending war,  proving  just how crucial his determination to overcome turned out to be.

No one knows what the future will hold.   Just like King George VI, what you do today to overcome your challenging situation will most likely prepare you for your future.  Perhaps there is someone right around the corner who needs your help. Or your encouragement. Or your hope.

Next time we will look at the traits of the teacher.

Until then…blessings to you   Leslie Rose K

Encouraging body, soul and spirit



3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Brenda on February 20, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    This was an excellent post Leslie!! I often find it hard to ask for help, always either doing it myself or just letting it not get done. I am finding though the more I ask for help the better off I am and then everyone is happier. I find that I always have something to give back for the help I receive. For that I am very thankful to God. I am also thankful to God for the family and friends that he has in my life. Without them I wouldn’t be who I am today. Thanks for taking the time to encourage us to keep going Leslie. Your posts always incourage me in so many positive ways! Brenda


    • I am glad these posts are encouraging you. That is my desire. Thank you for always taking the time to encourage me in return Brenda . It is a blessing to me. We have to work together to get through this thing as over-comers.


  2. Posted by Therese on February 24, 2011 at 8:13 PM

    Asking for help at various times is necessary as well as giving help to others who need us there for them. I agree that asking for help can be difficult and/or uncomfortable especially if we get a reaction such as “you should know how to do this.” I guess the question would then be one we would ask ourselves: Am I going to let this situation or reaction of this person humiliate or intimidate me? Will our response be to walk away and feel defeated or to say to the person, well, yeah, maybe I should know how to do this, but I don’t. I could really use your help and support with this. If you’re not able to help me, then I’ll find someone who will.

    I believe that this kind of response gives us back some control over feeling vulnerable or defeated. Even though it hurts to receive a response like that, moving forward and standing up for ourselves doesn’t allow us to be defeated. It also makes it easier to ask for help next time knowing that even a negative response will not get us down.

    Speaking from the other side, having felt badly about people responding to us that way, we can be more sensitive to others when they ask us for help. Perhaps we may even know that they need help before they ask us! They can be spared the discomfort of that place of vulnerability and instead feel relieved that someone is there who understands.


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