This morning I had the opportunity to drive Paradigm High School students to a choir festival and watch them perform. How important it was for them to sing together with a common purpose. Yes, they sang different notes and each had a part, but they all sang under the direction of one choir director who led them in a group effort to perform beautiful pieces. Choirs are obvious examples of cooperating together for a particular goal.
Later in the day, my mother shared a song performed by another choir, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, that also emphasized the wonderful results of synergism and helping each other. When one listens to the beautiful music of "You Raise Me Up" , one can't help but feel the grandeur and inspiration of being lifted up to more than we can be on our own. We draw strength from standing on the shoulders of others who are able to bear our burdens and lift our hands that hang down.
I am grateful for true friends who have raised me up over the years. Their gifts of kindness, words of encouragements, surprise phone calls, e-mails of inspiration, and even a should to cry on, have helped me through the sorrowful moments and stressful times to be able to rise above the challenges of life and continue forward. I can't imagine trying to live life with a brain injury or other life-changing experience without good people who lift us up when we are slipping into the muddy and dark-filled trails of life. While traversing over cragged rocks and difficult terrain, it's such a beautiful gift to have others around us to lift us up, support us with their love and care, and guide us safely across until we able to stand again once more.
I only pray that somehow, we can now return the favor and lift others in their times of needs and be their lifelines as they make the ascent up the rugged cliff. "You lift me, and I'll lift thee, and we'll ascend together." That's what it takes to thrive.