What is so difficult about the word “support”? There is no fear in it. There is no negativity in it. Support is unyielding and is done out of grace and respect! When we support each other, our foundation for growth, love, prosperity and trust strengthens. Amazing things happen when we support each other. We not only need each other, but without the comfort of knowing that you have a neighbor, friend, family member or colleague to assist you even occassionally, can be devastating.
I lived in the southern Indiana area a few years ago. I was working in the field calling on customer’s with one of my sales representatives. We had a great day calling on key customers. It was a very snowy day and we were in western Kentucky, which was about three hours from my home in Indiana. After our work day was over, the respresentative I was working with, got into her car and I got into mine. She drove off, and I sat in my car and worked on my computer for awhile. The area I was in received about 8 inches of snow the night before. Most of the snow was plowed, but there was black ice underneath the 3 inches of snow that layered through out the parking lot I was parked in. So, when I finished my computer work and began to shift my car into drive, I drove down what I thought was the parking lot driveway and slid into a more snowfilled muddy area. I shifted from Drive to Reverse, Drive to Reverse… and tried to rock the car out of the ditch I found myself in.
I progressively sunk deeper into a mud filled icy snowy hole.
At an instant, I new I was stuck and not going anywhere. I reached for my cell phone and called the sales respresentive who recently drove off. I called three times and there was no answer. The sad part about this incident was that I was stranded and I didn’t have anyone else to call. I had only lived in the southern Indiana area for a year and a half at this time and was in the process of building relationships, but hadn’t solitified any. The lessen learned from the emptiness I felt as I scrolled through my contacts, was that I hadn’t bothered to support anyone or embrace friendships, so without anyone to call I was really stranded. That was my wakeup call. Now I reachout to others and I give support without asking for anything in return. Being able to depend on the friends I have is priceless. They all feel the same way when they think of me. Support each other!!