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I am one lucky guy! For the last two Friday Food for Thoughts, I talked about a health issue and the resulting procedure I underwent. Modern medicine and technology are amazing; I was home in less than 36 hours and was even able to attend a friend’s 50th surprise birthday party the next day. I almost blew the surprise by telling the friend I could not make the event, remembering just in time that it was a surprise. Whew! ? The birthday boy knew what I had just been through, so each time he opened a gift of cigars, he commented how it was too bad that he could not share them with me. Some friends were concerned that I quit smoking cigars and were quick to call dibs on my collection. ? Once I told them what I had been through, the news spread quickly to the rest of the group, and I was surrounded by people wishing me well and sharing their own similar experiences. Of course, I didn’t want to become the center of my friend’s birthday celebration, but the warmth and support from everyone helped. It was a good reminder that no matter what life throws at us, we are not alone. There is always someone who went through it first.

A few years ago, I heard a comedian say, “if there are more than 2 people doing an activity, there is a magazine for it.” I think he was right. The situation above was a good reminder that no matter the experience, we don’t have to face it alone. There is always someone who has previously gone through it or is currently going through something similar. A friend recently suggested I “go slow and ask for help when you need it”, reminding me that I have a genuine support system who cares about my wellbeing. My friend was right, my tribe is awesome, and I’m lucky to have it! I am willing to bet yours is also.

I’ve said it before, but to quote Popeye, “I yam what I yam and that’s all what I yam”, so I’m not usually one to reach out for help like this, but I’ve been reminded of the benefits of reaching out and plan to do so more often. The connection is empowering, and I would like to think that I’ve gained some wisdom from my recent conversations. My only hope is I am able to give some of that back when others need the same connection.

Have a great weekend.

 

No matter the challenges you are passing through today; always remember you are not alone. — Abdulazeez Henry Musa

 

Who will you connect with this weekend to discuss shared experiences?

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