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  • Writer's pictureSeanne N. Murray, Esq.

Shoulder to Shoulder: The Power of Leaning on Each Other

In a world that often seems to encourage individualism and self-sufficiency, it's essential to remember the significance of leaning on each other for support, encouragement, and strength. This notion is beautifully encapsulated in timeless songs like "Lean On Me," "You've Got a Friend," and my new favorite "If You Got A Problem" by Joy Oladokun

These musical gems hold a special place in the hearts of many, including myself and my sister (we sang them as kids, making up our own country, rock, and opera versions) as they taught us valuable lessons. They taught us about the importance of relying on one another, and now, as I navigate through life's adult challenges, they are more meaningful than ever.

Here are five reasons why leaning on and being leaned on is essential for personal growth, community bonding, and the betterment of the world.

1. Building Stronger Connections

The iconic lyrics of "Lean On Me" remind us of the power of human connection. When we lean on each other, we create bonds that strengthen our relationships. Whether it's family, friends, or colleagues, sharing our burdens and offering a shoulder to lean on can deepen trust and foster empathy. Through these connections, we build a supportive network that lifts us up during challenging times and celebrates our triumphs together. The more we lean on one another, the closer we become, forming a resilient system of support.

2. Sharing and Relieving Burdens

Life can be a rollercoaster of emotions, with both highs and lows. The song "If You Got A Problem" (and the comforting reply "I got a problem too") beautifully acknowledges that everyone faces challenges, and when we lean on each other, these burdens become lighter. It's not just about sharing our problems; it's about understanding that your problems are my problems in the universal sense. By opening up and sharing our struggles, we not only find relief but also create space for others to do the same. This mutual vulnerability and understanding remind us that we are not alone in our trials, making it easier to find solutions and persevere.

3. Empowering Each Other

"You've Got a Friend" emphasizes the importance of being there for one another unconditionally. When we offer our support to others, we empower them to tackle life's obstacles with renewed courage and confidence. True friends don't just offer platitudes; they are there to lend a helping hand and push us to be our best selves. Sometimes, tough love is necessary to get us clear, push us through our comfort zones, and reset and reorganize our priorities. Knowing that we have someone to turn to during tough times can be a source of immense strength, leading to personal growth and resilience.

4. Fostering a Culture of Kindness:

Leaning on each other is not just about receiving support but also giving it. The act of being leaned on allows us to practice empathy, compassion, and kindness. By extending a helping hand to someone in need, we create a ripple effect of positivity, where others may feel inspired to do the same. This culture of kindness and support contributes to a more harmonious and caring society. It’s important to recognize that we are all in this together, and by leaning on each other, we can build a world where empathy and understanding prevail.

5. Tapping into Collective Wisdom

When we lean on each other, we gain access to a vast reservoir of knowledge and experiences. Each person brings a unique perspective and expertise, and by sharing our insights, we can learn and grow together. The wisdom of those who have faced similar challenges can guide us through life's uncertainties and lead us towards better decisions. Having someone to talk to and seek advice from is invaluable, knowing that the collective wisdom of community can illuminate our paths.

In a world that can often feel disconnected and overwhelming, it's important to be reminded of the profound importance of leaning on each other. By leaning on and being leaned on, we not only forge strong bonds and lighten our burdens but also create a more compassionate and supportive world for everyone. So, let's continue to extend our hands to lift each other up because, together, and you know I truly, deeply, believe this, we can overcome anything and we can change the world.


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