The other day Jackie and I were getting ready to video tape a workshop for FarmOn.com’s new Perfect Pitch business contest. The idea is to capture experts on various topics giving presentations, and then distribute the learning materials to the Perfect Pitch finalists online. It’s a really exciting project, but because of our limited budget, our “set” for the filming consisted of our friend Kathy standing in front of a blank wall in our friend Mary Ellen’s office. A cheap camera on a tripod, no fancy microphones and no fancy lighting. Pretty low-tech.
Jackie needed to go see another friend that afternoon, Terri Brown-Gust, who teaches Grade 1 at the Bashaw School. So I went over with her and visited with the 6 year olds while they did their business (I think Hudson was pretty excited and surprised to see me walk into his classroom) and then while we were there anyway, Jackie suggested we go talk to the woman at the school office to see if the school had any lights we could borrow. My first reaction was to think to myself “why on Earth would the school lend us lights”. But you can’t hit the ball if you don’t swing, so we went down the hall to ask.
Now, since Jackie knows every single person in Bashaw I wasn’t surprised that she and the receptionist struck up a conversation right away. But I was pretty impressed when she just handed Jackie a set of keys and said “if we do have some lights, they’d be in the storage room downstairs behind the workout room. Go take a look and help yourself if you find something helpful.”
As trivial as this all seems, and even though we didn’t in fact find any lights at all (we ended up using a floor lamp from Jackie’s house with the shade removed) I was still very impacted by the experience. Here’s what I took away from the encounter:
1) It’s always worth asking.
2) People are more important than things, events or even causes. People give their time, their money, their ear and their best effort to the people who need it. Not to the project or the event or even the greater cause, but to the people.
3) In this small community, we’re all on the same team. It doesn’t matter what you’re trying to do, who it’s for or why you’re doing it. Pretty much everyone you meet is just happy to help if they can, no questions asked. And that is pretty amazing.
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