Who helped you?


We love the myth of the self-made man, but it’s just a myth. There is always someone you can point to who helped you–maybe in obvious ways like putting a roof over your head or paying for your education, but even in more subtle ways like paving the streets you drive on and planting and harvesting the produce you eat. None of us can do it all. And that’s a good thing. Helping each other is what gives us purpose, and being grateful for that help keeps us humble.

In honor of Black History Month, each of the quotes this month for Quotable Creek has been drawn from Black voices. In keeping with today’s quote about accomplishments, consider this remarkable list of inventions by Black men and women:


We probably use at least one of these things each day. So to these men and women, and to all the others who have helped build our world into what it is today, thank you!




  1. Laurie · February 19, 2018

    Love this philosophy! Community and cooperation are so important!

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  2. Anita Bowden · February 20, 2018

    It is so true that none of us get anywhere on our own – we all have gotten help from someone! Thank you for posting this, and I love the list you provided! So important!

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    • Shari Swanson · February 20, 2018

      That list blew me away! So many names here that aren’t in the history books but should be.

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  3. pendantry · February 21, 2018

    I’ve always thought it completely nuts that some folk seem to think that roads and railways somehow magically repair themselves. People don’t want to pay tax for such things: but we all need them, else where would we be?

    … sorry, I’ll stop myself before I get on a rant!


    • Shari Swanson · February 21, 2018

      Thank you for your thoughts. It’s amazing how much we can take for granted. Just saying a little internal thank you for something like, as you say a road or railroad, can really start a huge chain of gratitude in our hearts for all the people who went into creating that for us to enjoy–from the taxpayers who funded it, to the politicians who authorized it, to the engineers who designed it, to the workers who made it…and so on and so on. Feeling that abundance of gratitude for all those hidden souls who are behind that creation can be very inspiring!


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