Adversity can appear for any of us at any moment. The adversities we face do not define us, but the actions we take in the face of adversity do shape us. This week, I was reminded that actions during adversity do not just mold and shape individuals, but they also provide the opportunity to shape, and shine a light on, the communities of an individual.
This story of Community begins further back in the Twitter timeline—Beth Crook’s July 22nd tweet is where we are first introduced to the #stepsforbeth call to action.
If you have never had the chance to attend InstructureCon, you may not know how big of a request this was. InstructureCon has always had golf cart shuttles, but since the move to Keystone, CO, shuttle busses have been a necessity—for both distance and elevation (9,173′). Asking people, some of which are complete strangers, to walk more than they have to at 9,000’ elevation, is a mountain of an ask.
Despite the elements, when it came to supporting one of our own, distance and elevation were no match for the sense of caring in our Community. Prior to, and throughout the conference (July 25–27, 2017), the steps rolled in. Here are just a few highlights:
@KRogersSA - Today I did 8,618 #stepsforbeth - walking around #InstCon is prettier than riding in a shuttle!
@KonaRJones - It's been a busy start to #InstCon! Got in 13,229 #stepsforbeth and definitely earned the extra slice of pizza at dinner!
@poprox_conroy - It's 6pm and I've walked 8,604 #stepsforbeth ❤️
@KRogersSA - Second day at #InstCon for me and I did 14,766 #stepsforbeth.
@malapertmarc - 14,102 #stepsforbeth maybe I should have taken the shuttle bus.
@lindajeanlee - Last #InstCon day step total: 15,298 steps, 150% of my daily goal! #stepsforbeth
@aggal98 - 13,164 #stepsforbeth today. Loved every single one of them! #InstCon
@erinmmilne - Did 15,386 #stepsforbeth at #InstCon today!
@mjennings_uab - 13,668 #stepsforbeth on the last day of #instcon
@kblundstrum - 8,976 #stepsforbeth
@rseilham - 38,031 steps at #instcon #stepsforbeth
@AmyWard3086 - Thursday step count 16,478 #stepsforbeth #instcon
My non-scientific calculations captured over 400,000 steps logged for Beth this InstructureCon, and those were just the ones that were tweeted with the hashtag. The caring keeps rolling in… check out #stepsforbeth on Twitter.
email@example.com, you’re an amazing woman, with a humble heart and genuine love for those around you! Today, in my own 12,889 steps for you, I reflected on how you turned your adversity into an opportunity to unite and build up the communities that surround and support you.
Thank you for this lesson in humanity!
:smileyinfo: Keep logging your steps, and encouraging one of our own! Tweet them, or add them as a comment to this thread! Beth, we look forward to following your progress!
Thanks for doing this, firstname.lastname@example.org! email@example.com was a crucial member of the Intelligence Exchange and was greatly missed, so the least I could do was log my stepsforbeth during the week!
I suggest everyone else go and follow Beth on Twitter. She's really letting you in on her journey and showing you how awesome she is
You all...Renee..speechless. Seriously. It is because of you and your constant support that I'm pushing forward as hard as I can in every session. I'm walking out of this place when I'm discharged! It's incredible to know that I was paralyzed only 2.5 weeks ago from this stroke. I've got a long road ahead of me, but I'm not giving up. I'll be walking beside you at InstCon18!!
I almost cried for joy when I saw you post in the Community earlier this week! I don't tweet, and I don't Fitbit, but I would walk to the Moon to see you well.
And at InstCon '18, we will all walk with you anywhere you want to go! You will be leading a parade, girl!
I tweeted about this, but I think it belongs here too. I was sad that I didn't have a fitness tracker and that my Samsung health app didn't seem to be tracking my steps. Then I found out it was and I just wasn't using it properly. Here's a recap of my stepsforbeth since leaving for Keystone last Sunday.
I cannot wait! Long day today. First day wearing shoes and had to actually relearn how to walk with shoes on my feet. Crazy right? At this point, I can walk very short distances with walker and beyond that I'm in the wheelchair. But all of this progress in 2 weeks! So let's see what the next two weeks bring!
I am just now hearing about the #stepsforbeth #StepsForBeth
In the action packed days at my first InstCon, I logged in well over 46,959 steps or roughly 24+ miles in 3 days. (my phone app is inaccurate & clocks step count significantly lower than actual). It was an amazing event & it would be my pleasure to meet you at next years InstCon. Having my phone off for half a day & not tracking the 2 other days spent at pre-cons & the un-conference Friday, I would guess that there is well over 30 miles for the week.
Keep up the amazing progress, take care of your health & focus on recovery! Next year will be an amazing year for sure!