What's a tire without a rim? The rim supports, holds the tire. Tires and rims are interdependent--they work together for a designated purpose. Even when a tire is flat, the rim supports it. It doesn't have the ability to inflate the tire, but it supports it nonetheless.

In life, sometimes we're the tire and, unless we are completely selfish and self-centered, sometimes we're the rim. As tires, we try to move our lives in various directions. We may start families, create businesses, get an education, have careers, set goals, live our dreams, etc. But absent the rims in our lives--those who provide support along the way--it's impossible to fully realize our potential; or manage our various responsibilities. Our rims include those who take care of our children, teachers, garbage collectors, cashiers, receptionists, secretaries, maintenance workers, co-workers, managers, employees, parents, siblings, children, godparents, friends, postal workers, delivery workers, stock crews, doctors, lawyers, accountants, mechanics, acquaintances, strangers, etc.

My point is that very little works in isolation.
In order to make our relationships, our jobs, our communities, and our world better, we must depend on each other. We are attached, connected. Sometimes we take each other for granted; or we overlook the importance of those who provide support for us, especially if they are on the periphery of our lives. We sometimes devalue them, underestimate them, or fail to see them. We can all look at our lives and recall situations where but for the help of someone (sometimes a stranger), we wouldn't have our lives, our homes, our jobs, etc. Maybe someone saved our child from getting hit by a car; made an exception for us; provided a word of encouragement; smiled when we needed kindness; made a call on our behalf; paid a bill when we couldn't see our way through; returned something valuable we thought we lost; wiped our tears; held our hands when we were afraid or could not walk alone, etc. Our rims lighten our loads, stand in the gaps, help make connections, and facilitate the business and conduct of our lives. They provide support even when we're deflated.

So it's important to recognize, acknowledge, and appreciate our rims. We're often so busy that we don't truly see or focus on the many people who touch our lives in one way or another. But most of us are still standing because of our rims. I know I am. And because I'm grateful for my rims, I intend to do a better job of letting them know I don't take them for granted. 'Cause after all, what's a tire without a rim, but empty?

***Thank you, my readers, as you, too, are my rims. You may not comment, but I know from my website statistics that there are many of you. Thank you for taking the time to stop by, and I pray you have been encouraged by the blog.



11/19/2013 11:29am

Thank you so much for that message. I needed to hear that. I am going to try to be more thoughtful. I am always encouraged by your
blog. I look forward to every Tuesday morning in order to see what
words of encouragement and wisdom I am going to get.

11/19/2013 1:05pm

That's nice to know, Doreen, as those who encourage others likewise need encouragement. I appreciate you taking the time to comment.

11/20/2013 3:13am

I think the older we get, we become more and more aware of our rim(s). When we are young and robust, we tend to think we can do it all without the support of others, then one day when we are more focused, we realize all the support we had along the way. It is never too late to let the "RIM(S)" in your life know how important and helpful he, she or they were along the way.

11/20/2013 3:29am

We should never underestimate the power and reach of an acknowledgement and a "thank you".

11/24/2013 3:08pm

Hey Nat,

Thank you for always reminding me of whats important. I sent it to Bill he will certainly get the rims analogy.

11/24/2013 3:42pm

You're welcome, Al. I appreciate your encouragement.


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