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THE POWER OF COMMUNITY

Thanks to all who expressed concern for our Growing Bolder family this past week. As you may know, we are headquartered in Central Florida and the past several days have been trying for our staff. Hurricane Irma left almost all of us without power and with some damage to our homes, neighborhoods and our company offices.

Fortunately, no one was injured and none of the damage is serious. We fared far better than many others including those ravaged by Hurricane Harvey and for that, we are extremely grateful.

We’re also thankful for and encouraged by the reminder of the power of community and the value of friendship. Harvey and Irma took so much from so many but couldn’t take our heart for helping one another. In fact, they revealed something that many of us feared our society was losing—empathy and compassion for one another.

When help and support are needed, we don’t pause, even for a millisecond, to consider race, religion, political persuasion, or socio-economic status. Every life is equally important. There is nothing like a major challenge to test us as individuals and remind us as a society that we are all in this together.

Life can be difficult and disaster is indiscriminate. The power of community is what will enable us to bounce back time and time again from whatever challenges we might face. While we have become painfully aware of what divides us, we have all witnessed that which unites us. Acts of kindness have become the true currency of recovery and that is an encouraging sign in these difficult times.

Growing Bolder is about many things, not the least of which is humanity. Compassion and concern for others is not a political position, it’s a human imperative. We will always have our differences but we can never forget that which unites us is far stronger than that which divides us.

Marc Middleton
Growing Bolder CEO
P.S. Click here to find more of our favorite quotes about the importance of community and empathy (and share them!) at facebook.com/growingbolder.
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