I was moved to tears this past week.
A member from my WordPress tutorial site emailed me to ask if he could share his membership login with his daughter, who lived with her mother out of state, following a nasty divorce.
He asked if it both he and his daughter could log into his account simultaneously, so they could watch the video tutorials at the same time, and then build a website together. He hoped the shared experience would help bridge the distance and enable him to reconnect with his daughter.
“I believe both of us having access to it would give her a sense of confidence and help re-establish a broken bond, while introducing her to a new skill which will last a lifetime.”
I was barely able to type a response due to the tears swelling up in my eyes.
Um… YES! Without a doubt. Are you kidding me? I look forward to hearing how this works out for the two of you, and can I do anything else to help?
Honestly, it was the first time I felt like this project was actually making a difference in someone’s life.
I guess it’s far too easy to get caught up in the daily grind — the numbers and data and support tickets and work — and forget WHY we do what we do. Ultimately, our vocation is just a vehicle. A means to an end.
Our work is the vehicle to create meaningful connections with others.
To make a difference in someone else’s life and have your own life impacted by them in a truly meaningful way.
I needed a reminder that it’s not just the quality of our work that brings people back for more. It’s the connection they share with you.
Beyond the limited scope of your work projects, are you intentional about making genuine, lasting connections with people?
Because in the end, it’s people that matter most.