Letter Writing Season

I’ve been writing letters of recommendation for former students recently. Some of these folks are heading to graduate school, others are applying for jobs, fellowships, or some other important next move in their lives.

At any rate, I’m glad to do it.  None of us “gets there” by ourselves. Rather, we achieve greatness through the collective efforts and contributions of others in ways that are large or small.

As I write these letters, I can’t help but think of the people who wrote letters, or served as references for me when I needed them.

For me, it all comes back to Ubuntu.

It all comes back to relationships. Who are some of the folks who have helped you along your path in some way? If they’re still around, reach out and let them know what their presence has meant to you.


From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins-Jones, MSW, LLMSW

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