No one likes it. New at a school, new in a neighborhood, new in a grade, new even at CWD Friends for Life. There are ribbons worn by ‘First Timers’ at this event so people know that they can help them should their paths cross. There are ways to help people and there is also David’s way of helping people.
David is a man (I will leave his last name off because he might not want to be publicly identified) whom we all need to take a page from his book of helping; whether at a conference or back in out hometowns.
David is a d-dad and I am convinced that David has taken the approach that he will never forget what it was like when his family was all new at this and made the decision that he is going to sit with as many people ‘new at this’ as physically possible. All throughout the conference, David seemed to always be sitting with someone knew. Answering questions, listening, and caring.
No fanfare or letting people know his intentions. When I first noticed him at a table, I later noticed him again, and again, and again…….always with someone different.
Now that may not seem like a big deal, but when someone is new some place—-nothing can substitute for a friendly ‘Hello, I am ABC. Are you new at this?”
Everyone ‘would rather’ just hang out with their friends. At home, at a conference, makes no difference. It’s easy just to stay within our inner circles and ‘be safe and comfortable”. But we should all take a page from David’s book of reaching out. Being new can really suck sometimes.
Being new in this diabetes world………can suck big time. Don’t wait for someone to COME TO YOU……let them know you are there; you may change much more than just their world………..you may change yours.
I am a diabetes dad.
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