There is something in all of us that wants to help others, particularly in times of great need. For me, I often see opportunity to help someone, whether it be to do a shopping run, cook a meal for a new mother tired out after the birth of her baby, or volunteer at a drop-in centre. And the need at the moment is to help with the cherry harvest for some friends.
The husband has just given up his very secure job to concentrate on running a fruit orchard here in Summerland, in the Southern Okanagan. He has a wife and three children to support. However, as with all new startups, there are needs that cannot be met in the first few months without help. So Steve and I have become unpaid labour, along with a small group of others who have all come together to help bring in the harvest.
Do you know what? It feels good to help. And that’s where I have to be careful. I get affirmation from doing things. However, I can’t always be “doing” so I need to be able to find affirmation and satisfaction in other things to, otherwise I will burn out in trying to continually feed my soul.
Going back to the cherries – the weather has not been good for cherries, so it has not been a great start to a new life for our friends. However, everyone is upbeat and optimistic. And there are so many people who want to see this family succeed, I don’t think they will be alone or without help. It’s that what is so good about community? I love it when it works.
What are your uplifting stories of an answer for help?
What do you consider to be the great points of community?
- Helicopters come to aid of Okanagan cherry crops (globaltvbc.com)