What we do in the circle of our communities, whether within our families, close friends, or communities at large, has a lasting ripple effect. It can be the smallest action; a look or glance, or simply extending a hand at the right moment. We're often unaware of the impact our actions have on others until sometime later, if at all.
Sometime ago a friend 'pointed me' towards the need of another close friend, Tim, who needed a web presence as a platform to offer his services to his community. I rallied the support of another close friend, Dia Sabella, a copy editor/writer, and together the three of us, Tim, myself, and Dia, strategized a plan of action. Needless to say, none of us could have done it without the other.
A fourth voice showed up in the conversation while volleying emails back and forth and asked, "Why are you calling him Timmy?"
I felt similarly, "And who are YOU in the mix and what is your role?"
Thus, entered Roger, a brain health specialist and valuable asset to our team, living nearby in Tim's community. He brought a unique perspective that none of us had. They say it takes a tribe, and indeed, it did.
What started as a simple, "Yes, I can help," evolved into a rich team of four, all doing their best towards a common goal. There is nothing more satisfying than 'playing ball' with a finely tuned team.
The Gold That Surfaces
I take a moment to share this story now as it is often sometimes later when the gold surfaces. I received a thank you note from Tim this week that touched me deeply.
I've learned much, and the first was that friends want to help in that best way, and the second thing is I can still keep my pride and say "Yes, I need help," and say "Thank you for loving and helping me."
– Tim Greer
The Ripple Effect
Debi Bodett is an independent graphic designer for print + web.