All Your Strength

A young girl and her father were walking 
along a forest path.  At some point, they came 
across a large tree branch on the ground in 
front of them. The girl asked her father, 
“If I try, do you think I could move that branch?”

Her father replied, “I am sure you can, if you 
use all your strength.” The girl tried her best to 
lift or push the branch, but she was not strong 
enough and she couldn't move it. She said, with 
disappointment, “You were wrong, dad. I can't move it.”

“Try again with all your strength,” replied her father.
Again, the girl tried hard to push the branch. She

struggled but it did not move. “Dad, I cannot do it,” 
said the girl. Finally her father said, 
“Young lady, I advised you to use 'all your strength'. 
You didn’t ask for my help.

Our real strength lies not in independence, but in 

interdependence. No individual person has all the 
strengths, all the resources and all the stamina required 
for the complete blossoming of their vision.
To ask for help and support when we need it is not a 

sign of weakness, it is a sign of wisdom