Oftentimes we encounter people from the community (even volunteers) going off grid, and we just think that they simply need some time off. We go through the motion of our day-to-day activities pushing for more programs, more empowerment and more hands to hold.
In the process, we forget to stop and look back.
Where’s that volunteer who always shows up for pro bono projects? Where’s that guy who sometimes irritates us with the noise he makes in chats and pages? Where’s that advocate who constantly shows up for senate and congress hearings? Where’s that fighter who would name names when the community needs a voice? Where’s that survivor who visits patients and checks on them regularly?
We get caught up in our own agenda of helping others. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with that.
I too get caught up sometimes.
Do take some time though.
A roll call of who used to be by our side would be nice.
A quick hi.
A brief chat.
A simple how are you.
These things matter to break that silence.
And tell the person…
We’re here for you, just as you were always there for us.