Have you ever strained a muscle in your lower back? Not only is it painful, it also underscores how much those muscles are used throughout the day for routine tasks like walking, standing, balancing, sneezing, and a host of other activities. It isn’t until these muscles are strained or out of commission that we realize how important they are to the larger community of our physical body.
I think it can be like that with people in our lives as well. We don’t realize how important others are or how much they contribute until they are no longer around. And I’m not just referring to those closest to us. Think about the people that make your community function like the grocers, merchants, manufacturers, civil servants, garbage collectors, doctors, public utilities… the list is endless.
When these people are present, we hardly notice them. Now imagine if any one of these groups of people were no longer around in your community. It wouldn’t take long to notice, as our community would be significantly impacted by their absence.
I mention this not only as a reminder to be grateful for all those in our communities that we don’t notice, but rely on daily, but to remind us that others in our communities are counting on us as well.
That’s how communities work.