This morning, I had the privilege of giving a talk at the college that I teach at. I normally turn down the local speaking gigs. I mean, I teach there so it’s not like people haven’t heard me. Sometimes I think students get sick of hearing you.
Anyway, I gave my talk and there was a response at the end – you know, the kind of response that you don’t think will work – just because. In a moment of clarity, I added that you should respond with a friend – meaning respond to the talk, but take a friend with you.
There’s safety in a friend. When you take someone with you, you can lean on them – when you’re not strong. A friend will go up with you. A friend will sit with you. A friend will support you along the way. A friend kick your butt when you need it.
I think we got a better response because they could bring someone with them. It was a great reminder to me to not take for granted The Power of a Friend.