On the September 15th, after viewing my CBS Sunday Morning Program profile, healthcare CEO/owner, Gary W. Polsky quoted me in his own blog post. I was so inspired that I asked his permission to post his quote:
“The most vital lesson I’ve learned from my experiences in hospice, and from life in general, is that positive, mutually rewarding relationships are key to happiness and fulfillment in all areas of life. At the end of the day, the people surrounding you and the experiences you create together are what matter most.”
I resonate with what Gary says about how it’s the people surrounding you and the experiences you create together that matter most. Sadly, many people don’t learn this until they are near the end of their lives. I hope that the stories in my book will encourage people to look for and nurture community around themselves before waiting too long.
Here’s an example paraphrased from my chapter called “Pulling Together”:
When I was 12, and at my first boarding school on a farm in Upstate, New York, the headmaster announced one day that the entire school was needed to pull a tree out of the forest. He needed to replace the rotting tree trunk that stood outside the front door of our school, with limbs inviting us to climb. I learned something that day that I’ve carried with me ever since.
We came to the clearing in the forest. There lay the tree, at least 50 feet long and 18 inches thick. Several of us tried to move it alone, and then in twos and threes. It wouldn’t budge.
The headmaster tied a rope around one end and held the rest out to all 65 children and 30 adults. We positioned ourselves on either side with two hands on top. At the count of three, we pulled in unison. The tree miraculously slid after us like a big, straight dinosaur tail.
I learned then how we can accomplish far more as a community than as individuals, if we pull together.
“Real richness and power come not from our money, but from connections to ourselves and one another.”
This quote began Gary Polsky’s post, so now I’ve come full circle. May we each find our community to pull whatever we need out of the forest of our lives.
I’d like to hear your story of connection and community.