Pibon Ansam. Creole for better together.
A phrase that has meant so much to me over six years of being a member of the board for Many Hands For Haiti. A phrase that has become a way of life for me. At Many Hands, we truly believe that we can uplift our neighbors by doing life together and blessing our fellow man
It is also a way of life that was attempted to be squashed by COVID that said we can’t be near each other because we could become sick or infected. Even by those closest to us. A mentality that tried to convince us that even our people could be toxic and had to be avoided.
I am so thankful life has moved on. And I am so thankful that we know the truth. We truly are better together and we are not meant to do life alone.
So can I ask you- who are your people? Are you trying to do life alone? And how is that going for you? We were not meant to live in isolation. We were meant for community. We were meant to share life. The good and the bad.
With that being said- here is the challenge- a simple question.
What can you do to add to the life of another? How can you meet someone where they are at and check in with them and see how you might be able to help. Maybe through listening to their story. Maybe running an errand. Maybe just showing up.
And do you have anyone in your life that you can be real with? Anyone you can bear your heart with? It is dangerous to do life alone.
recently I was with a group of fantastic leaders that I have grown quite close to. The vulnerability in the room was amazing as hearts were shared and tears were shed as we walked the road of life together. We shared highs and lows. We celebrated and mourned and grieved.
And we wrapped up our time by encouraging each other so we could have energy to go out into the world and try to make a difference.
So what are we waiting for? A pride that says we have to keep our stuff to ourselves? Fear that we are the only one with a story like ours? An image to uphold that is really just a sham?
Wherever we find ourselves, remember this- we are better together. Please don’t try to do this thing called life alone.
How can you #WINtheNOW for someone else simply by being one of their people and showing up this week? We are all in this together. And because of that I truly believe #gooddaysareahead