Alongside   1 comment


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One of the greatest gifts which people can give to one another is walking alongside another person.  There are times when we are called to lead others.  There are times when we are called to follow others.  There are far more times when we are called to walking alongside each other.  Each of these situations create much different dynamics in our relationships with one another.

When we are called to lead others, we are asked to have a vision and a direction.  We take a sense of control.  There is a clear separation which takes place because we are ahead of the other individual or group.  This also requires a sense of confidence.

When we are called to follow others, we must be open to being guided and directed.  We must trust that the one or ones who are leading know the best direction.  Again, there is a separation which is evident in this relationship.  We must allow others to make decisions which will impact us.  This requires a willingness to submit ourself to the leader.

When we walk alongside someone, there is a significantly different dynamic.  There is no separation between us and the other person or persons.  There is more a feeling of camaraderie.  An equal sharing takes place.  We impact each other.  We gain our strength from each other.  No hierarchy exists in our relationship.

So I repeat…. One of the greatest gifts which people can give to one another is walking alongside another person.  Who are you walking alongside of today?

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  1. Very good reminder. Most people, most of the time, do not recognize when it is time to take the small self out of the picture and just walk.Have I told you my daughter has become something of an expert at mindfulness meditation and practice and has her own business doing that, in addition to being a full time licensed (practicing) social worker in Minnesota? I’ve learned a lot from her.

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