Laboring for others makes a community thrive
By Leanne Hoagland-Smith August 31, 2013 3:10PM
Leanne Hoagland-Smith. | Provided photo~Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 1, 2013 11:28PM
Today is Labor Day, a national day of recognition for all who labor to make this country great.
In our quest to fulfill our work or job roles sometimes we may forget that others may require our assistance. Here is where civic organizations such as Rotary International or not-for-profits such as United Way fill that gap.
In Porter County recently there was an annual day of giving where small business owners, such as Marti Masterson of Masterson Insurance, and other professionals gathered together to give their elbow grease to local not-for-profits. This endeavor allowed more funds to be given directly to the recipients instead of operation support vendors.
United Way has a program where individuals can donate a stuffed animal that will be given to elementary students as their reading buddy. Local churches also provide services through the volunteer actions of their congregations for those considered to be at risk, such as sending school bags filled with the basic supplies.
All these actions are laboring for others.
When we give of ourselves -- donations of time, energy or money -- we are making our small business communities a better place.
Years ago, a colleague and I wrote a small book, “M.A.G.I.C.A.L. Potential,” where we recognized that success for individuals does not happen without help, without the labor of others. Most successful historical figures had someone else.
Plato had Socrates.
Aristotle had Plato.
George Washington had Martha.
To labor for others on our part also suggests some thinking, planning and scheduling:
• Where can I donate my limited resources?
• When can I share my labor?
• Who needs my help?
Yes, small business today is about growing and thriving. And those efforts can be far more sustainable when we remember sometimes that means laboring for others and providing them, other organizations or individuals, the opportunity to grow and thrive.
P.S. Shout: United Way of Lake and Porter counties.