“Everyone needs help from everyone else.”
– Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev, 19th century Russian novelist
In late January southeast Michigan was hit with a major snow storm. My neighborhood got its fair share, with drifts close to two feet in some areas.
At first light the next morning people were out in force with their shovels and snow blowers, beginning to free themselves from their snow-bound driveways.
My neighbor Steve, who drives a modest sedan—not an truck or 4WD SUV—was stuck at the bottom of my driveway, spinning his wheels and unable to move forward or backward.
In an instant, a number of neighbors—including yours truly—came to his aid, releasing his vehicle from its snowy prison.
One of my best coaching clients has a mission and purpose statement asserting, “We Help” in all they do. How would an “I / We Help” attitude impact your professional and personal communities for the better?
“The deeds you do may be the only sermon some persons will hear today.”
– Francis of Assisi, Italian Catholic friar and preacher
Image from Flickr by Quasifly.
A few weekends ago, I saw the movie “Heaven is for Real”, based on a true story where a four-year-old boy experienced a visit to heaven related to a near death experience. His father is the local pastor of their community church. The community in which they live (and the pastor’s family in particular) were tested through considerable economic and medical challenges along the way.
Of particular note were the many small and not so small good deeds the pastor and members of the community exhibited on a daily basis as they lived and practiced their beliefs.
What deeds can and will you do today to demonstrate your highest held values, in order to contribute to others in your professional and personal life?
Pay particular attention to other people’s good deeds taking place in your community, to notice the daily sermons all around you.