Peopling Situations

When a person, or a family, or a community is going through a crisis, one of the best things we can do is surround them with people. I have witnessed the power of this action many times. Simply, but powerfully, give them connections. And — use your own connections. Who is a person who might know about this type of resource? Give them a call. Who is a person who has been in this type of situation before, and what would they recommend? Reach out to them.

And when we do this, care and support emerges, even beyond what we anticipated. Not only do people point in certain helpful directions. They often offer their expertise directly. They ask if they can provide funding for the person/people in crisis. They research options. They say, “Please tell them they’ve been in my thoughts.” They offer to listen.

And the emerging support becomes larger than you even expected. Just by peopling situations. It’s transformative.

Renee Roederer

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