Establishing Support Networks

Establishing Support Networks

“The sincere friends of this world are as ship lights in the stormiest of nights.” – Giotto di Bondone

Without doubt, one of the most crucial aspects of life is a person’s support system. Among its many positive benefits, an effective support system should serve as a motivation for effective personal growth and enhanced focus and drive towards one’s ambitions. Effective support systems also should help people persevere by helping remind them of who they are and what they aim to accomplish. While the arts are great inclusions to the system as they help remind people that they are never alone and that they are able to reach their goals, we should also strive to help others through such practices as accepting them for who they are, serving as sources of encouragement, and being there for them when celebrating their accomplishment and battling their adversities. It is important to remember that, while we may not always understand the choices that others make, we can still be steadfast in caring for their well-being and wanting them to succeed in their lives.

STRIVE TO BE (A)…

Forgiving

Reassuring

Insightful

Encouraging

Non-judgmental

Dependable

A kind word, lifting up a voice unheard,
A helping hand, the willingness to listen and understand,
A warm smile, being yourself with grace and style,
A loving embrace, giving someone their time and space,
A listening ear, helping another to face a fear –

There are many ways to show you care, to let someone know that you’ll be there,
To shine some light when paths get dark, and to, on their journey, help them embark.
It doesn’t have to be a grand effort.

Suggested Songs

  • Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
  • Angels – Robbie Williams
  • Back to Life – New Kids on the Block
  • Because You Loved Me – Céline Dion
  • Break On Me – Keith Urban
  • Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon & Garfunkel
  • Cold Water – Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber & MØ
  • Count On Me – Bruno Mars
  • Cry With You – Hunter Hayes
  • Depend on Me – Bryan Adams
  • Finally Free – Niall Horan
  • Fire In The Sky – The Ready Set
  • Fix You – Coldplay
  • Flashlight – Jessie J
  • For Once In My Life – Stevie Wonder
  • Forever Unstoppable – Hot Chelle Rae
  • Friends Will Be Friends – Queen
  • I Will Be Here – Tiësto & Sneaky Sound System
  • I Won’t Let Go – Rascal Flatts
  • I’ll Be There – Jess Glynne
  • I’ll Be Your Strength – The Wanted
  • I’ll Fight – Daughtry
  • I’ll Fight – Jennifer Hudson
  • I’ll Find You – LeCrae ft. Tori Kelly
  • I’ll Stand By You – The Pretenders
  • Just Breathe – Pearl Jam
  • Keep Holding On – Avril Lavigne
  • Lean On Me – Bill Withers
  • Love Don’t Die – The Fray
  • Love Will Keep Us Alive – Eagles
  • My Blood – Twenty One Pilots
  • On My Way – O.A.R.
  • One Call Away – Charlie Puth
  • One Thing Right – Marshmello & Kane Brown
  • Reach Out I’ll Be There – Four Tops
  • Remedy – Adele
  • Rescue Me – OneRepublic
  • Rise Up – Andra Day
  • Run Through Walls – The Script
  • She Believes in Me – Kenny Rogers
  • Song for the Lonely – Cher
  • Stand By Me – Ben E. King
  • Stand By You – Rachel Platten
  • Stronger – Mary J. Blige
  • That’s What Friends Are For – Dionne Warwick
  • Through All of It – Colton Dixon
  • Through the Dark – One Direction
  • Unsteady – X Ambassadors
  • Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler
  • Wings – Cimorelli
  • With A Little Help From My Friends – The Beatles
  • You Can Rely On Me – Jason Mraz
  • You Raise Me Up – Secret Garden
  • You Won’t Feel a Thing – The Script
  • You’re the Inspiration – Chicago
  • You’ve Got A Friend – Carole King
  • Your Love Never Fails – Newsboys