Extra Work A Small Price

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When’s the last time you lent a hand to a friend in need? I don’t mean something small like giving them a cup of sugar or a ride to someplace you were both going anyway. I’m thinking something major… like helping them move or giving them a ride to the airport.

Where am I going with this? I got a reminder last week just how nice it feels to help a good friend, and when you can do it through something you’re passionate about… all the better.

Mrs. G and I have a GREAT friend who’s moving soon. Not to like, Minnesota or something… no… she’s moving halfway around the world. 

Anyway, the move means she’s going to miss her little sister’s wedding. We found out she was considering shooting a video to surprise her sister with during the reception, so we basically took it from there.

We insisted on shooting and editing something special for her. Of course, she doesn’t want to “put us out,” but come on… do you have any idea how many times this person has cat-sit for us? I’ll end-up putting in some extra hours working this week, but producing a video is the least we can do for this person.

Well, we shot the video last week and afterwards I was really touched by how appreciative she was. She basically said this is the nicest gift anyone has ever given her. How badly do you think I want this video to turn out well?

My point is this… we all have skills we’re blessed with. To us…  they’re no big deal. They’re just what we’re good at. But to someone without those skills, they’re pretty awesome. Especially when you use them in a time of need.

–Tony Gnau

Tony Gnau is a three-time Emmy-winning journalist. He is also the founder and chief storytelling officer at T60 Productions. T60 has won 11 Telly Awards for its work over the last eight years.