Laulima: Cooperation, joint action; group of people working together; to
work together, cooperate. "True strength can only come when everyone works together to achieve their goal. In the
Hawaiian language, the concept is captured in the word "laulima." "
means "many" and lima signifies the number 5,
represented by the five fingers of a hand working together.
"many hands working together to
accomplish a common goal."
Eddie and Aileen came by
tonight to each give us a helping hand. There are handy people
in the world, and there are those who are less handy.
Eddie is a supremely handy
man. A retired mechanical
engineer, he's a natural with tools and "parts." He can
read an instruction manual and makes
fine sense out of it. A dedicated if-you-want-it-done-right-you-gotta-do-it-yourselfer,
he recently remodeled
their kitchen. Himself. With shiny black granite countertops and splashes,
a new central island, lighting, and flooring, the makeover is
Hard to believe, but he actually did
most of the work and installation, himself. He even built the
kitchen's oak cabinetry, including glass cabinet doors with grilles
and muntins, as well as installing an extremely custom stove-side
spice rack and a potholder drawer.
We are the less handy. So when things fall apart or when household
bugaboos appear beyond our god-given handiness, DH turned to Eddie. He can fix just about
Our most recent
problems: a leaky kitchen faucet (the third in 17 years) and
our carpeting, ravaged by our little O, who has bitten out strips
of carpeting away from the flooring in the foyer. Eddie
assessed the situation and will get back to us.
There are people who are
very handy with money in the world, and there are those who are less
Aileen is a certified
financial planner. She's a soon-to-be retired high school
mathematics teacher who is very handy with money and numbers.
She can make sense out of investment manuals. They make me
We are the less than handy with money. So when it comes to investment and retirement
funds, we turn to Aileen.
Tonight, we signed a
bunch of forms so our employees, who work in the spirit of laulima,
will have a retirement plan as well. None of us can depend on
MediCare alone. Far too many baby boomers for that to happen:
too small a Social Security pie with too many itty bitty slices.
Man (or woman) cannot
live on bread (crumbs) alone.
Thank goodness for us
that Eddie and Aileen have been handily gifted with those that we
sorely lack. We hope that they know that we too have our
helping hands extended whenever they need our handy gifts.
We are all equally, but
gift is no more or less valuable than the other.
"Life is a Gift."
only gift is a portion of thyself..."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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