The Binding Ingredients of Life

By Davon Cook on December 17, 2018


This Thanksgiving season, I am noticing my gratitude for relationships. I think of relationships like eggs in my favorite cookie recipe—they bind all the other ingredients of life together. Here are three that have brought me joy recently. 

• We asked neighbors to feed our animals last week while we were visiting our son in college. After showing them the chores, I gave them (ahead of time) my precious home raised eggs as a thank you. Then I had to call them 12 hours later to beg back a few eggs to make bread for my son! How embarrassing.  But they were thrilled both to feed the animals and nurture our family. Wonderful neighbors…
 
• A professional colleague I rarely see drove some distance to meet me while I was passing through the area, just so we could catch up. After three hours of sharing ideas, challenges, successes, and laughter, we have hatched plans for a new learning group to support each other. Wonderful colleague...

• A friend is going through very intensive cancer treatments.  An entire “village” has sprung up to support her, and I’m honored to be one of the team. Seeing numerous people rally around her and her family during 80+ days straight away from home is moving. Ranging from food to caregiving shifts to financial support to caring for her kids…we’ve all seen it in our communities and marveled at the goodness of humanity. I treasure that. Wonderful village…


Last week at our gathering of The Progress Coach, we examined how the skills to build and nurture relationships are critical for business and personal success. I count myself blessed as I reflect on these relationships, and I pause to identify others that need more attention. I encourage you to do the same.