We humans are meant to be together.
We are social animals. Much (most?) of what’s been achieved in human history could not have been accomplished otherwise, I suspect. Individuals certainly do big things, but not without support.
That’s the key to this little insight. We ALL need support. We all need a little pick-me-up now and then from those around us. Good energy from loved ones, from family, from friends, from co-workers, from strangers, from acquaintances.
We all have that network of folks that make up the nucleus of our day-to-day. I call that my “cadre.” What’s that you ask?
Merriam-Webster defines “cadre” thus: a group of people having some unifying relationship. The unifying relationship in the context of this post is those around you every day.
You want an example of who’s in my cadre? Well of course there’s my wife and kids. A little smile or touch or positive exchange with any of them provides a nice boost. Then there are a couple people at work who in particular share a joke or a good story that gives the shot in the arm.
But then there are those folks I interact with frequently…but I don’t really “know” them. It happens when we cross paths, nearly every day. When it happens I feel like the world is aligned and I thus look for more good through the rest of the day.
These are people like the paper delivery man zipping around the neighborhood in his truck, the “bike man” who peddles by me most mornings before sun-up on his way to work, and the lady running her dog through the same neighborhood most every day. When I see any/all of them, I have a little check mark that goes on my mental list for the day.
What does it all add up to? A whole lot of GOOD. When we’re open and ready and together in some fashion, that’s how it often goes. We get the GOOD we need from our cadre. However you define it for yourself.