October 28, 2016

The Importance of Having a Tribe

After the 2015 LDStorymakers Conference, I posted about how after years of searching, I had finally found my tribe. My joy at connecting with so many like-minded people was beyond compare. It was like coming home.

Screenshot from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary app for iPhone
Since then, that feeling has continued to grow and evolve and now that same kooky, crazy, magical tribe of writers has become something of an extended family to me. A whole new clan of brothers, sisters, cousins, aunts, uncles, and that strange cross-eyed man who mutters to himself in the corner as he adjusts his tattered top hat and writes in a worn out journal.

It's extremely appropriate that we now call ourselves the Storymakers Tribe. The love and support we show our members is astronomical, especially when one of us sends out a cry for help.

Earlier this week, one of our dearest members suffered a tragedy of the deepest proportions. Her darling husband of nineteen years, and father to their six beautiful children, fell to his death while on a hunting trip. Thousands of tears were shed as the tribe rallied together to lend our support. Our response to her heart-wrenching cry was immediate and sincere.

She is one of our own. And because of that, she will never have to be alone in her time of need.

This is what it means to be part of a tribe. We rejoice in each others' successes and "mourn with those who mourn."

Having a tribe means all that and more. We sacrifice for each other, help each other, lift each other up. We laugh and sing and dance together.

In essence, we truly are family.

And "family means no one gets left behind."

Our first official selfie. Taken at the last LDStorymakers Conference.

If you'd like to help our friend in her time of need, please go to her GoFundMe page. The money will go toward her education, school supplies, gas, and other expenses necessary for her family's future financial security. Every little bit helps. Thank you.

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