Many hands make light work. This was something my mother believed in and throughout my childhood I watched her in action, helping others.
I saw through her example that helping friends and neighbours was a good thing to do. And goodness knows, we all need help at some time in our lives.
This morning I saw my doctor for a routine prescription renewal. I'd been having fairly high levels of stress, what with The Book, editor arriving on Wednesday, the house - but more importantly the studio - a mess, then the AVL compu-dobby breaking yesterday.
I am not shy about posting on this blog about my anxieties and I have to tell you all - the messages of support, both public and private - have really helped me stumble through the last little while.
At any rate, when we discussed the new blood pressure medication he'd added in response to bp numbers that had suddenly gotten way too high (likely an adverse reaction to the Ibrutinib - a well known and documented adverse effect), he was somewhat astonished that such a low dose was being so effective. As I got up to leave, he called me a 'strong woman'.
I don't know how 'strong' I am. I am stubborn. And maybe that's just one facet of being 'strong'?
Strength is a funny thing. Usually when we refer to someone being 'strong' it is physical strength. But there is also emotional strength. There is strength of character - doing what is 'right'.
We - as human beings - also have the strength of our relationships. We are all interconnected. And when someone is being dragged down by Life Happening, our friends/family can lend us the strength to pull ourselves back up again.
And so it has been throughout the past few years. I have been helped, over and over, by words of encouragement and actual physical assistance. The friends who have been the beta readers for The Book, giving the gift of their time and opinion as well as their encouragement to carry on.
We are not an island unto ourselves. We are part of community. That community can give us assistance when times are tough.
We are our brother's keepers. It costs us nothing to be kind. To help.
To all those who have helped me, a most grateful thank you.
Currently reading A Bigger Table; building messy, authentic, and hopeful spiritual community by John Pavlovitz