Written by: Eli Coker
When Anna is being chased by the earth spirits, Kristoff swoops her off the ground and says, “I’m here. What do you need?”
This is possibly the best movie quote of all time. What a wonderful, concise phrase for understanding how to empathize with and support others.
The first part, “I’m here,” speaks volumes to someone who feels alone. We need another person to hear our concerns, to hold our hand, or just to be there with us.
The second part is important, too: “What do you need?” Kristoff does not ask Anna IF she needs anything, he asks WHAT she needs.
We all need help from time to time, but we don’t always feel comfortable asking for what we need. When we hear “Let me know if you need anything,” people tend to keep quiet out of shame or guilt. Asking WHAT Anna needed allowed her the confidence to express herself freely and confidently. Kristoff already knew she needed something, he just didn’t know what.
Right now, our families and friends might be feeling nervous or confused. You might see those around you expressing frustration, sadness or boredom.
In times when our lives change rapidly, emotions heighten. It might be tough to know how to help. If you notice those around you feeling anxious or stressed, try saying “I’m here. What do you need?”