Word gets around in my town, about good stuff and good people.
I've always liked that about Cabarrus County. Take an enterprising young businesswoman I know. Her name is Tara Goodman. My husband, Ralf, got her name from the physical therapist he was seeing.
Apparently, the physical therapist told Ralf he'd sent a good many people to Goodman for this or that injury. They'd never met, but the physical therapist had gotten lots of feedback - all good - about Tara's ability to help people in pain.
He told Ralf: She knows what she is doing.
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I needed more than a pleasant massage. I had a persistent problem, a chronic one. Pleasant massage doesn't help me much.
I was lucky. Tara's Body Clinic of Concord was easy to find: She works minutes from my home. So I went to see her last summer with fresh back pains and a very ancient injury in my right arm.
I found that word had gotten around for a reason. Tara began bringing the pain in my right arm under control from the very first session.
It's been quite an experience to find myself at the door of someone I would never have otherwise known.
I grew up in a suburb outside Chicago. Tara was born and raised in China Grove. She says, "You know it, girl." I say, "Are you spending enough time resting and taking care of yourself?"
Tara knows who won the Super Bowl. I don't even know who played.
Tara works each week at healing my right arm. Meanwhile, our lives intersect and affect each others'.
We talk about how much we like helping people feel better, or better about themselves. We talk about needing more rest.
I know what it is to work until I drop into bed, sadly conscious of the weight of what's coming at me tomorrow. Tara is in the midst of building her business. (It's hard to say "no" when you know you can help.)
I know what it is to forget how to take care of anything about Barbara, because between my two jobs, there are - quite literally - hundreds of people in the pool of folks who may need something from me.
I want to tell Tara to remember she can't please everyone all the time (so I can remember that I can't, either). I want this young woman to give herself a break when she's tired (so I can imagine doing the same).
In the past months, we have discussed healthy eating habits, business development and world peace. It's a friendly relationship.
Once a week, Tara and I hang out while she works on my arm. I admire the fliers for the very next open house at her business. She listens to how I'm teaching a given subject, or what sermon I might be working on.
So many good people are out there serving all of us. So many young people are trying their best to be assets to their communities. Let's make sure word gets around.