|Gotta have friends - a set of sock puppets I made for a puppetry class at A.C.E.D. - frog, birdie, lady, alligator and snake.|
Tonight my gym buddy Chalanna and I were sweating it out on the elliptical, when she said she was trying to get in touch with a mutual friend who recently moved out of the Kansas City area. While she really misses our friend and would converse with her about anything, tonight Chalanna specifically needed this friend for her mad skills. Chalanna described a project she was working on and how our friend would be a useful resource due to her knowledge and experience. "Yeah," I said, "it's always good to know people who know more than you do."
Friends who have different skill sets and knowledge bases can add so much to our own abilities to do and to achieve. I love to make things and collect junk, but if I were ever to open a shop to display and sell these objects, I would need to draw upon someone who is business savvy. I love to sit around campfires roasting marshmallows on sticks, but if I were going camping and wanted a fire, I'd have to bring a firestarter (Drew? Are you available?). I love to sing, but if I wanted to start a psychobilly band, I'd have to find a drummer and a guitarist and someone who can play the upright bass.
I wish I always remembered this. There are so many times when I think I have to do it all, and I have to do it all myself. As you can imagine, a lot of things don't get done by me or anyone else. I have to remind myself, "You can't build an empire by yourself."
What special skills do your friends have? Do you rely on any of them to help you with your taxes, to change your oil, or to hem your pants? What talents do you offer in return?
Hope you're all having a great Thursday night! Mine's been full of planning lessons for my favorite Saturday morning educational program A.C.E.D. (Adult Continuing Education for Persons with Developmental Disabilities) and, obviously, the gym. It seems I've developed a bit of a cough (thanks, boss lady), and I am now relaxing after a long day helping students enroll in classes for the semester.