"If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships - the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace." — Franklin D. Roosevelt
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🎶 "What would you do if I sang out of tune? Would you stand up and walk out on me?" 🎶
These are the opening words of the popular Beatles song "With a Little Help from My Friends." My favorite rendition is performed by Joe Cocker, since I spent many evenings as a child watching Kevin Arnold grow up on The Wonder Years.
I think of these words often since taking up the ukulele. While my ukulele skills have improved greatly these past several months, I often wonder when the vocal skills will catch up! Despite this, I've continued to share the music anyway. Thankfully, not too many people are got up and walked out!
And yet this also highlights an important positivity principle: developing high value relationships.
Relationships are important because they provide valuable social support to celebrate when times are good, while also helping to pick you up in times of trouble. And most importantly, they won't leave your side even if you sing out of tune. Heck, they may even join in!
Personally, I can look to specific times in my life that, when all else failed, I was able to get by because of the social support I had developed over the years. This is a valuable reminder that as separate or independent as we may sometimes feel, we truly get by with a little help from our friends
How have your relationships supported you over the years?
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Jonas Cain is an educator, facilitator, and coach, working to engage, empower, and encourage leaders and the people they serve to experience joy.