I get by with a little help from my friends.

It’s been a week or so since I last made a post.  The reason for the absence?  I’m cherry picking!

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?

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About katehobbs

Mother to two who are now independant and living away from home. Wife to Steve, for the last 26yrs and looking forward to many more years. I have enjoyed 18 months in the Okanagan, something that I have longed to have the opportunity to do for a while. Living a dream, you could say. Now, I am interning with Living Waters Canada based in Vancouver until end of April 2013. I love to grow my own food - it tastes so much better. I also build up, train and encourage others to achieve more than they thought possible.
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