I'm sure many have heard this story, and some may be curious as to why I am sharing this story here.
I feel it's something to share here with the network so that we may remind ourselves and each other of why this network is being formed, and what it could mean to all of us.
The story as I have heard it goes like this:
One summer day two boys were playing on the beach. Each would take turns flipping over a rock then the other would dash in and scoop up the scurrying crabs into a bucket.
By lunchtime the bucket was over half full and the boys were being called in for lunch.
As they ran toward the house the first boy asked the other if they should be worried about the crabs or if they should put a lid on the bucket so all the crabs wouldn't escape.
The second boy shook his head and replied "No, we don't have to worry about them. Each time a crab starts to climb out of the bucket the other crabs will get jealous and grab hold of that crab to pull it back into the bucket."
The lesson of this story is quite simple. There are people in the world, and perhaps in our very own lives, that when one of us are working toward a goal, when we are "climbing out of our buckets", they will work to drag us back down.
It's also a reminder that when we see someone succeeding, instead of being jealous of that success and pulling them down we should remember to lift them up.
I hope that this network helps us to all lift each other up, to support each other, and make all of our lives better.