Life’s most urgent and persistent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ – Martin Luther King, Jr.
I just had to share this because when you make changes, sometimes there’s worry that creeps in on whether you’re doing the right thing or not. As a whole, our team, even those that aren’t coming back, are excited for us because of what lies ahead in 2019 especially because of our new relationship with NeighborLink Fort Wayne and Team NeighborLink.
From all that know anything about them, the consensus has been that they love everything that NLFW does and no better example could be made than this past weekend when the snow flew pretty well here in northeastern Indiana.
I used the MLK Jr quote above because I think it’s appropriate, both from a timing standpoint as well as from what they do. They are on the look out to help others and it’s genuine and I think that’s the kicker. They do what they say and say what they do. That’s uncommon in this world it seems.
I was personally inspired by them. Our snowblower officially died a week ago and I had to shovel my drive during the previous snowfall and while I was doing that, all I could think of was that when I get a new snowblower, I want to make sure it’s good enough that I can help others with it. That week, I went out and got a new one that was about the same size but with a bit heavier duty engine that could handle a heavier workload and then last weekend’s snowfall happened.
My wife and I are blessed to live in a small neighborhood on the county’s edge but a lot of our neighbors are north of 65. The wind was blowing 30 mph and the snow was drifting pretty good so I got out and did my drive and sidewalk but also the walks and drives of 5 other neighbors and when I was done, it felt great to help out and I thought to myself, “would I have done this before?” I’d like to think I would have but admittedly, I hadn’t. They’ve already had an impact on me and we’re just getting started.
It’s why I want you to learn more about them and join us in our support of them. That weekend, they were able to put the call out and got responses from folks that enabled NLFW volunteers to clean more than 40 drives for folks in need. It’s not a huge thing but it’s impactful. If an elderly person doesn’t have to shovel snow it saves them from a potential slip and fall or other weather related health concerns as well as saving them from having to pay for services to do it. It’s just a genuine act of caring and ultimately those are the things that lie at the heart of what Neighborlink Fort Wayne is all about.
Like I’ve said from the beginning, it’s going to be a great year!