Receiving Support from Others is a Gift

I am reminded today about the gift of support. Let me tell you a little story. When I was in Basic Training, I was having some trouble on one of the runs (I’ve never been a speedy runner) so I had to fall out of formation. Another airman fell out and ran beside me, even though she could have stayed with the flight. It was not OK to fall out–any soldier will tell you that there is a price to pay for not staying with the group. She accepted that and we completed the run together. It made a huge difference for me, and I am still humbled by her willingness to “fall out” and support me with not just her words, but with her actions. This was over 25 years ago, but still a vivid memory.  Your actions and your words matter.

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