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This week, I planned to tell you about various relationships in our networks, and the value each one brings. Then, unexpectedly, life presented a story that perfectly illustrated these points all at once.

On Monday night, I responded to a family emergency that required an immediate pivot. I had to lean on the unwavering support of family, friends, and my church community. Additionally, I needed to consider the impact on my employer, employees, and peers. Each interaction underscored the multifaceted nature of our networks, or what I like to call “segments“.

At work, my boss, my team, peers, and customers showed me understanding and empathy as projects had to be reshuffled. It was a stark reminder that professional relationships are about more than just transactions; they’re about people supporting each other through thick and thin.

The situation brought me closer to my family at home, reinforcing our bond and mutual reliance. My husband, acting as partner, support, and at times, courier, reminded me of our strength together.

Beyond work and home: Friends, neighbors, acquaintances, and digital communities offered a listening ear and practical support, highlighting the unexpected places we find understanding and companionship.

This experience has been a powerful reminder: our networks are not just for career advancement or social occasions. They’re the fabric of our lives, offering support, strength, and a sense of belonging.

An invitation

The story is personal, and I prefer to keep some of the details out of the spotlight of the public web. My email-based subscribers, a more intimate community, will hear more of the story. If you want to join them and get my Monday Motivations newsletter in your inbox, you can subscribe by email here.

My email community is where I share deeper reflections.

In the meantime, I encourage you to nurture your network.

This week, I challenge you to strengthen your networks through the power of give-and-take. Offer your help where you can, and remember it’s okay to ask for it when you need it.

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