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When in your life did you feel “I don’t need anybody” or “I can do it all myself”? When did this happen in your life? What took place to develop this thought?
Now, some of you had to fend for yourselves when you should have been able to depend on others to help you. This can happen when adults in your life have virtually abandoned the responsibility to care for you, so you were forced to grow up and survive by taking good care of yourself, or you may not have survived.
Those of us who were privileged to have others in our lives as we grew to adulthood have little knowledge of what this must have been like for you. And, we should try to understand that you were forced to take care of yourself.
But, for the sake of the article this week, I want to develop for you why we really do need each other. None of us is living on an isolated island in the middle of “nowhere ocean” being fed coconuts thanks to the monkeys who climb the trees and drop them to us. We live in neighborhoods, in families, with friends, in church gatherings, workplaces, etc., and it makes good sense when we can admit that going it alone is sometimes very lonely and often very difficult. What follows are some helpful reminders of our needs for one another.
How important are you to others? More than you think. Here are some excellent descriptions, some of which I came across in my readings several years ago and added my own parts over the years, which address this subject with remarkable insight:
A rooster minus a hen equals no baby chicks. Kellogg minus the farmer equals no corn flakes.
If the nail factory closes, what good is the hammer factory?
“Jack” without “Jill” would have been a tale without the rhyming/humorous (probably tragic) end of the tale.
Who is “Simon” without “Garfunkel”, or “Sonny” without “Cher”, or “Laurel” without “Hardy”, or “Martin” without “Lewis”?
Paderewski’s genius wouldn’t have amounted to much if the piano tuner hadn’t shown up.
A cracker maker will do better if there’s a cheese maker.
The most skillful surgeon needs the ambulance driver who delivers the patient.
Just as Rodgers needed Hammerstein, and Barnum needed Bailey, you need someone and someone needs you.
Now, to take it a little bit further, just think back to some important people in your life and how much they mean to you. You already know the impact they made on your life and, in addition, the opportunity you still have to make an impact on the lives of others.
A few reminders to trigger off thoughts of your own:
Maybe you can remember a special teacher among all the teachers you have ever had and that teacher stands out in your memory. Why does that teacher seem to jump to the surface of your memory compared to all the many teachers you have had? Probably because you somehow felt connected to that teacher, and maybe she/he does not know the impact that was made, but you sure do.
Maybe it was a kind neighbor, or a church Sunday School teacher, or a coach, mentor, tutor, special friend.
In closing, I hope that the overall purpose for this article has been finally exposed, namely that since that person or persons made a difference in your life, why not pass it on to others that you also want to make a difference in their lives. Start now because we really need each other. You are important to others.
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