One of the things we always talk about in this space we share is support.
How we can encourage our online communities to rise to challenges and how the players on the field encourage others. Yet what are we doing offline with our “immediate communities”?
Are we offering the same support and encouragement to them? Or even thanking them for their support and encouragement to us?
Often we take this support for granted – after all, they’re our friends and family and… well, that’s just what friends and family do, right? We’d do the same for them so there’s no need to recognize it.
But there is.
Every day we get through problems or tough times because of our support networks.
It doesn’t matter if it’s just an email to ask how our day is going, or a helping hand at a challenging time – it’s the presence and thought that offers the actual support, even if we don’t realize it. They’re the rocks and the foundations on which we stand and grow.
My rock is my wife.
She does incredible things every day without realizing she’s doing them. She takes the stress out of my life just by being there, and I probably don’t tell her that enough. If I’m ever backed into a corner and I can only choose one person to have my back, my wife would be it. Every time.
If my wife is my rock, then her mum is the foundation on which she’s built.
There are many mother-in-law stereotype jokes that do the rounds but my wife’s mom couldn’t be farther from them. She was one of the first to be there for my wife and I and she’s never been far from us since then. It’s clear to see where my wife gets her strength and beauty from, both inside and out.
We build online armies every day. Our communities are the rocks and the foundations on which everything stands. We support people we’ve never met (and likely never will) simply because we can.
Yet as strongly as we and they connect, we do so because of the foundations already behind us.
Are you keeping yours strong?