Happy Monday everyone. I stand by the belief that you should treat others how you would like to be treated. Over the past few weeks, it has been great chatting with a few people on a variety of topics. In this weeks blog, I will discuss the power of community and the positive effects it can have both personally and collectively.
Where there is a will, there is a way forward!
As we wait in hope and start to see restrictions gradually lifted and a shift towards normality, I find it imperative to discuss the power of helping others. In closing last weeks blog, I signed off with a quote from Charles Dickens. "No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another." This past week I again chose to remain positive. Through social distancing I was able to record more videos for our Summit Up! leadership program. Through this, my good friend and I struck up some great conversation on the impact this material would have on those that are able to access it. Conversations led to other ideas down the road that would feed off of the current plan. When recording was complete, my friend kindly left a freshly baked loaf of bread on the doorstep. It was a gift for my wife and I to enjoy and enjoy we did! I don't know about you, but you just can't beat a fresh, crunchy loaf smothered in butter! This kind and simple gesture also inspired me to want to make bread myself. I was forwarded the recipe and method so i could give it a go. There was however a slight problem. Now people have been complaining about the hoarding of toilet paper, sanitizer and other items during this time. There has been great concern for the elderly and empty shelves. My question in response to all this is, who on earth is holding the elderly accountable when they are hoarding flour and yeast!? For the life of me, I CANNOT FIND WHEAT FLOUR AND YEAST. I have made several attempts this past week at numerous stores to no avail! Some people want their necks ringing! I say all this in jest of course and for now will keep calm and carry on (not making bread though). There are several takeaways from this section:
In closing this section, consider the process that had to be completed to make this loaf of bread. Taking time out of ones day to visit the store, pay for the ingredients, perhaps the gas to get to the store. The process that had to be followed to make and bake the loaf. The thought and consideration of others along the way. You might say this was all fairly simple and achievable. Now consider the effect that this loaf of bread had. Firstly, I can attest to the fact that it was delicious! It brought joy to my family. It not only inspired me to want to make a loaf of bread just like it but gave me another activity to do during this lockdown. The knock on effect will have me bake extra and pass along a loaf of bread to another friend. For me, it reaffirmed my optimism on life and helping others, however, the recipient of the next loaf might trigger the aforementioned optimism instead of a pessimistic mindset. Just imagine if everyone did a good deed this coming week. The possibilities and impact in the aftermath would be powerful to your community. What will your loaf of bread be this week?
The Parable of the Good Samaritan
In the Gospel of Luke chapter 10, the parable is introduced by a question, known as the Great Commandment:
Behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested him, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?"
He said to him, "What is written in the law? How do you read it?"
He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbour as yourself."
He said to him, "You have answered correctly. Do this, and you will live."
But he, desiring to justify himself, asked Jesus, "Who is my neighbor?"
— Luke 10:25-29, World English Bible
Jesus replies with a story:
Jesus answered, "A certain man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who both stripped him and beat him, and departed, leaving him half dead. By chance a certain priest was going down that way. When he saw him, he passed by on the other side. In the same way a Levite also, when he came to the place, and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he travelled, came where he was. When he saw him, he was moved with compassion, came to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. He set him on his own animal, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the host, and said to him, 'Take care of him. Whatever you spend beyond that, I will repay you when I return.' Now which of these three do you think seemed to be a neighbor to him who fell among the robbers?"
He said, "He who showed mercy on him."
Then Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."
— Luke 10:30–37, World English Bible
Helping Others in our Summit Up! Community
Continuing the theme of being a team player in the community, take a look at this weeks highlighted venture from Lizzie Hornack in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Lizzie Hornack and arbonne.
PURE. CLEAN. BENEFICIAL.
Lizzie Hornack- 2 time All-American & GRFC National Champion
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Dan Bulley has dedicated his life to youth development through his own experiences and living in football/soccer. Having played at professional clubs in England and been on 4 continents, Dan has settled in the U.S and is currently the owner of DBSS (Dan Bulley Soccer School). He carries a bachelors degree in sociology and a masters degree in coaching sports performance. Dan created Summit Up! to motivate and inspire both youth and adults to maximize their potential and to spark a strength of mind when the going gets tough. "The journey to your summit has only just began." Summit Up!