You’ve heard the old expression, “It takes a village. . . ” A village to do much of anything significant. There’s no such thing as a self made man or woman. Everyone gets where they are with the help of others. Even when where we are isn’t where we want to be!
When the heart felt vision for NEIGHBORHOOD BOUTIQUES arrived in 2007, I knew it would take a village of like-minded women (and some men) to bring it to reality. It was (and is) bigger than me. So big that it took all these years to travel from soul desire to earthly reality! And along the way, others gathered to join the journey – some because they captured the vision of encouraging and enriching the lives of women in small business and wanted to do the same. Others because they saw value in the concept for their own benefit and welfare! Nothing wrong with that. . .
In the midst of the years, friend Sylvia Tarnuzzer said it felt like a “Neighborhood” to her. Not the kind we have today; but an old-fashioned neighborhood where everyone within a small radius knew everyone else. Not only knew each other; but loved, cared for and supported each other. Mourning losses – celebrating successes!
The first 6 years of my life were lived in such a “neighborhood”. A small street just a few blocks from my maternal grandparents. An elderly couple around the corner were like an extra set of grandparents. Mr. and Mrs. Clark were kind, gentle and always available. During the warm summer months, a vegetable and fruit vendor wandered the street shouting “strawberries” or whatever he had on his cart that day. Mother and the other women would rush out to buy his wares and linger to chat a while.
When my paternal grandmother died way too early and was laid out in our tiny home on Vermont Avenue; everyone on the street came to call. They brought in food, hugged and cried with my parents. Each of them made a special effort to comfort and care. The same was true of my parents when a loss occurred anywhere on that quiet simple small town street where I grew up for 6 years of life!
Times have changed; but our human needs have not. Chris Brogan, an extraordinary gentleman and corporate trainer, noted a study done by Dr. Matt Lieberman on how our brains are wired to experience emotional/psychological pain as a physical phenomenon. And the pain is as significant physically as it is emotionally!
Truth? We need each other! We need the feel of an old-fashioned neighborhood where folks know and care for each other! TWEET THIS.
We need the support of those we have come to know, like and trust. And we have an inordinate need to do the same for others.
“We’re so busy!” I’ll not dispute that. But so was my Mother. She didn’t have an automatic washer, dryer or dishwasher in those days. Ice came to a box on the porch – same for milk with the cream having risen to the top. She may not have worked outside our home at that time; but she was as busy as today’s women in small business.
The point is – if we’re too busy to support and care for each other – we’re too busy to succeed! PLEASE TWEET
Why do you think social media is so successful? For no other reason than we are “social beings”. The internet has made it possible to know, like, trust – support, care and love – folks we may never meet face to face. Folks somewhat “next door” as well as half-way around the world.
And the internet makes it possible to build an “old-fashioned neighborhood” from a room in our own home. Much the same as if we lived on a quiet street in a small town where everyone knows everyone else. Where everyone supports and cares for each other when times are tough; as well as when they are a reason to celebrate!
Perhaps it’s that basic human need PAPA wants those of us involved with NEIGHBORHOOD BOUTIQUES to replicate using today’s modern technology. I plan to ask when I arrive at His place to reside for eternity. Until then, I’m determined to support, love, care for women in small business as if we lived on that same small quiet street where I lived as a youngster.
If you’re a women who owns a small business; or is a majority or equal partner in a small business and longs to find the support and care of a team committed to your success – then check out NEIGHBORHOOD BOUTIQUES.
Learn who we are; why we do what we do and how we do it. Decide if the thought of being part of a “neighborhood” of warm welcoming, like-minded women striving for the same things you are warms your heart – as it does ours.
Then be part of our “It Takes A Neighborhood” to encourage and empower women just like you!
Linda S. Fitzgerald, Visionary Partner
Champion of Ordinarily Extraordinary Women of the World
A Women’s Place Network, Inc. dba
Affiliated Women International
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