As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I had the awesome experience of attending the 8th Annual A Working Woman in Need Gala last week. During the event, I was able to present one of the awards to my dear friend Lisa.
What a great opportunity it is to create relationships, give and get support, and learn and teach with those around you! This has been on my mind a lot lately and I am apparently not the only one.
- Wendy from LifeHacker talks about learning from other people
- Ben the Instigator rightly identifies the role of friends
- Steve passes on a great story of some fabulous friendships and teamwork
I am lukewarm to the current pop music scene. But the lyrics to Umbrella stay with me when this topic comes up.
When the sun shines, we’ll shine together
Told you I’ll be here forever
Said I’ll always be a friend
Took an oath I’ma stick it out till the end
Now that it’s raining more than ever
Know that we’ll still have each other
You can stand under my umbrella
I know why this particular set of lyrics resonates with me.
- Real friends do well when things are really good, when they are really bad, and every stop in between. It is tough when you have a person in your life that can only handle one or the other – can’t stand to see you succeed, or needs drama to feel useful.
- Umbrellas are great. They keep you dry. However, when there gets to be more than one person underneath it, everybody gets wet. But, everybody is drier than they would have been. We may be a little wet, but sharing the load benefits everybody.
So, even though the weather is beautiful here right now, I need to always be prepared and consider my own umbrella and the umbrellas of others.
- Not all umbrellas are made the same.
- Not all people share the same.
- Not all people want you to share with them.
In a day where technology helps facilitate relationships, face to face networking has unlimited venues, and we are told never to eat alone, it can become a challenge to know who you can share your umbrella with and whose you can feel safe standing under.
I’d love to hear about your umbrella!