Wednesday, August 29, 2012

People Who Need People

“People who need people are the luckiest people in the world,” sings Barbra Streisand on an album that used to be on loop in tape format on any road trip my parents would take. I would be in the backseat, and I would want to hear that song, and the entire tape again, and then again. 

No matter how hard I try, I can’t do anything alone. Some people might see it as a weakness, and wonder why I cannot stand up alone on my own two feet.

The truth is I can, and I do, stand up on my own two feet. It’s just a lot easier, and more rewarding, with the help of friends, or colleagues, around me. 

Have you ever noticed how many of the ordinary joys in our lives are made possible because of other people? Here are just a few in the last couple days:

  • Learning a wine company I support is now in Southern Nevada, from one of the people who work at the company. The great part is that this wine, ONE HOPE, donates 50% of its profits to charity. Needless to say, I was overjoyed about the convenience, and more so, that I could share it with more people.
  • Collaborating with a colleague on a mini news open to enhance our Hurricane, now Tropical Storm, Isaac coverage.
  • Spending time chatting with a friend, who is also a colleague, about life, in general, when she stopped in for a visit while on maternity leave.
  • Communicating with one of my closest confidantes about the ordinary joys and blessings in her life, and celebrating along with her.
  • Sympathizing with honesty with someone who is experiencing something similar to what I’ve gone through in my life, and offering some encouragement. 
  • Thanking someone who encouraged me, and does still. 

The ordinary joy with friends, colleagues, and everyday people, remind me the importance of stopping to encourage someone else, and be humble. That is, to make a conscious effort to think of others more than myself. 

Romans 15:2 (NIV)
Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. 

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