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Column: The pulse, the beat

Posted: August 2, 2018 3:10 p.m.
Updated: August 3, 2018 1:00 a.m.

I would have to say I believe the most precious assets in our lives are living in ways and by actions that fill us with love, happiness and good health. We don’t all use the same formula responsible for securing these valuable commodities, but I imagine we rank them extremely important. Regardless of what we accomplish and accumulate over the course of our time on earth, we are unable to take it with us. We all know this. Is it not our relationships with others, our human connectedness that strongly contribute to this wealth? Our personal bonds bring profound values to our lives. The strong, loving connections we have with others can serve as medicine to a sad heart and as power to keep us going in difficult times.

We are all going to have adversity in our lives; tragic events are going to occur. They just do. There’s no way around them, only through them. And we traverse through crisis the best way we know how -- surrounded by people we love and by those who return to us the same unconditional love.

This summer one of our Camden families has had to face a crisis, a random accident that could’ve happened to any of us. They have had to face a life-altering experience with one of their children, a member of Camden High’s 2018 graduating class. But through their unimaginable suffering and angst, they have so beautifully given all around them a close loving view of the hardship, leading us through their battle and their triumph as well as the blessings that continue to come.

We are abundantly grateful to them for allowing us in to witness all the highs and lows surrounding their adversity. It is, indeed, an incredibly pure illustration of our human connectedness in Camden and beyond. It is an almost therapeutic-support system. It is a necessary vehicle to what most of us deem vital in achieving the intangible riches in life; in a way, like the air we breathe.

At the heart of our Kershaw County community lies something special among its neighbors. I have the belief this “something special” is unique to our size; a trade-off of sorts for real treasures. Beyond the prosperity and beauty of our cities, our neighborhoods, we can find the heart. The pulse of a community is found in its essence. And the essence is found in its people. The soul of our town is found in its human connections. To live here is to be bonded to each other through the good and the not-so-good times.  And our community has once again risen to the occasion of loving their neighbor amidst adversity. We are witnessing the highest level of this love up close. On the website where we’ve been receiving our daily updates on our neighbor’s progress, I noticed the number of “visits” to the site as well as the “hearts” posted totaling over 56,000 visits and over 8,000 hearts.

This is just an example of the unconditional love pouring in to our friend, our neighbor. And on the flip side -- the one who receives this multitude of heart-felt wishes commands this unconditional love by the love he and his family give to others.

This two-way road of an unbreakable sense of caring and love is the heart of our community. Its pulse is strong; its beat is loud. The answer is really quite simple -- “love thy neighbor.”

Godspeed KP. You’ve got this! Thank you for allowing us to love you and your family. We’ve got your backs.

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