This week an enormously generous gift was given to me, a young man, whom I met at a conference, and who is not even entirely done with high school yet, began to build the website for Co-Create 4 Life! Clearly, the skills he possesses are generational – a Boomer like me could study for hours and not be capable of what he can do in minutes – but they are also very personal skills, given the way he chooses to use them. He told me he’s been building websites (mostly for others) since he was twelve. His preference is to work with clients who are not so much out to “sell” something but committed to helping other people. That is why, he said, “You’re exactly the kind of client I want to help!”
I was very moved by his dedication to his craft. The work is not done yet, so don’t go hunting for Co-Create4Life.com just yet but, you can look for it soon, and I’ll be sure to announce its launch here! Watching him work made me think, who am I intent on serving? Two kinds of clients come to mind. The first are people who are family caregivers, conscripted into the work of seeing others through a time of illness, long or short. The second sort of client is the healthcare professional who, amid the chaos that is the modern healthcare system, may feel abandoned, uninspired and ready to burn-out. I am hoping that Co-Create 4 Life will have an impact on people in both of these situations.
What about you? Who are you called to help? Are you making an effort to reach them and offer what you do best to lighten their load? Each of us has a gift to share. What are you doing with yours?