Kim’s husband has Melanoma, stage 4. Vivian’s husband died last night, suddenly, of a heart attack. This week I have felt sad, and afraid.
When friends and loved ones share news like this, it is alarming, chilling and heartbreaking. ‘This can happen‘, I think. It happens to us all.
When crisis occurs, we look to our community for support. Are there supports in place already? Or are we left scrambling for help at our very time of need? Can you name the first person you would turn to at a catastrophic moment?
A community is about supporting, motivating and encouraging one another. What examples of mutual, reciprocal support are evident in my community? (In yours?) Does our community’s level of cooperation fit what we need and want? Do I notice community members encouraging and motivating one another?
A crisis doesn’t have to be a death,… it can be the loss of a job, a divorce, an illness, a family member’s addiction, etc…. Irregardless, we subsist more readily with others. People. Family people, thoughtful people, healthy people….. to pull us through the storm.
Who are your people?