Be a good s(up)port
Support is an interesting word. It’s defined as something that holds up a structure and has a number of synonyms that can be associated with it, including; base, cornerstone, foundation, reinforcement and substructure, to name a few.
At one time or another we need support from others or we have the opportunity to provide support to someone. Whichever is the case it’s important to seize the moment. Some people feel awkward or uncomfortable reaching out to help someone because of the situation. On the other hand many people will never ask for help or support because they are too proud, don’t want to appear weak, or they just don’t want to bother anyone.
In the last few weeks the word “support” has come to mean more to me than it ever has in the past and for a variety of reasons.
If you’re a student who needs some guidance, assistance with a difficult subject or a personal situation, don’t be afraid to reach out and ask. If you work here or anywhere and need assistance from a co-worker or support in a meeting, just ask. If you see someone who can use your help, go help them. If you know someone who’s ill or needs some additional assistance reach out to them. If it’s you, don’t be afraid to reach out to those who can help.
We all can provide support in a variety of ways. Psychological, spiritual, physical and financial are some that come to mind. The important thing is willingness to provide it…or not being afraid to accept it.
That’s why we’re called a community.