When I accepted my job as a radio talk show host and content producer, I knew it would be difficult – especially since I had never done anything like this before. But … I had no idea how much work it would be. I had no idea how much scrutiny it would entail. I had no idea how powerful human connection could be. What happened Friday is just one of many examples that have powered me through a challenging but rewarding ongoing journey.
My show revolves around social good. At its core, my signature Friday TGPF (Thank Good People Friday) show: Listeners call in and tell me something nice someone has done for them during the week. So, at about 1:20pm, Bonnie calls in to talk about her “sister-in-love” Cheryl. Cheryl, she explains, has MS, but even through her most painful times, puts others first and this week put Bonnie first (as usual, apparently). Cheryl can’t even navigate through her own home because of her battle with MS. Bonnie tells us Cheryl’s home is in need of thousands of dollars in renovations, to modify it for her needs. Unfortunately, these renovations are unaffordable. So, I ask Bonnie to connect with me by email, hoping I may have a contact who can do a little project that may help with something minor. We go to commercial.
And then, it happens.
I get an email from Leigh. I don’t know Leigh. Leigh doesn’t know Bonnie or Cheryl. But Leigh now feels connected. She writes, “The recent story touched my heart,” and then offers a significant amount of money to help out with renovations. I immediately got Leigh on the phone. Well, actually, no. I immediately re-read her email several times over, because I thought I was seeing things. Then I got her on the phone.
Here’s that conversation, preceded by my conversation with Bonnie:
Being in a position, where I can connect people … whether it’s the person who receives the help, like Cheryl, or the people who get to give the kindness like Bonnie and Leigh, or the people who are able to feel the humanity like you and me … that is connection and the thing you never realized you need until you have it. It’s not that we’re lacking connection in this world. It’s that far too often we fail to recognize it. Because when you recognize it, you see it, you feel it, you are strengthened by it, and then it spreads like a contagion.
Connection is the most powerful thing we have, and the most underrated. And hey, some may argue that you can’t pay the bills with connection, but apparently you may be able to pay someone else’s bills with it. SAY IT FORWARD.