Gurney to Finish Line Journey – 5
We all have certain circles of friends or groups of people in our lives. As many do, I often refer to these groups in my life as tribes. A few of the tribes in my life are family, cadre, Balanced Running, work, professional, health & wellness and so on. One of the really cool things is that people can play roles in multiple tribes in your life. For example, most members of my “work” tribe (basically NCUA colleagues) also fall into the professional tribe.
I can’t overstate the importance of tribes, and the value each plays at different times. With that said, my cadre tribe is really my crutch or go-to group of all material things in my life. I view my cadre tribe as my “inner circle.” People that I hold dear, confide in, and generally feel the greatest connections. My cadre includes members from all other tribes, and each play a leading or supporting role in my mind depending on what is going on. I don’t know if I can every adequately thank my cadre for the direct help and general support I needed to get through the events that put me on the gurney and subsequent recovery. I hope each member knows it will always be my honor to be there for you however and whenever I can.
This does not diminish the importance of all the other tribes in my life. Each tribe brings a sense of belonging, purpose, accountability, support, and comradery that we all need. Fair warning to my Balanced Running and health & wellness tribes – we are going to have a big 2019! I’ve already stated the finish lines that are going to be crossed (Kennesaw’s Grand Prix races and a Spartan Trifecta). Yes, these will all be capstone celebrations, but the real fun will be spending time with the tribes getting ready for each event.